Athletics and Fitness

We know that our students thrive when they're healthy and active, which is why we offer a wide variety of health, recreation, and fitness programming.

Students rowing crew on the Charles River

Looking to stay active at Simmons?

Recreation and Wellness activity at Simmons centers around the Holmes Sports Center on the Residential Campus and the Jennifer Eckert Center for Leadership and Engagement on the Academic Campus, the home base of the Wellness Ambassador program. Whether you’re stretching it out in a Fit at Simmons yoga class, learning how to do cardio or lift weights in our 'intro to' classes, riding one of our free Peloton bikes, running on the indoor track, swimming laps in the pool, using the elliptical, or learning about health and wellness best practices, there are endless opportunities for students to get involved.

As members of the Colleges of the Fenway, a consortium of five neighboring schools, we have access to even more health and wellness student organizations, like the COF Dance Company – and intramural sports from tennis to rugby.

We’re also home to the Simmons Sharks, members of the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference (GNAC) and the New England Women and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for rowing. Many of our Sharks train at the Holmes Sports Center on the Residential Campus or at Daly Field, our environmentally sustainable athletic complex which features NCAA standard-sized tennis courts, softball diamond, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse fields.

Student athletes on the field

Simmons Athletics

Ten NCAA Division III varsity intercollegiate teams form the core of the Simmons University athletics program.

Simmons Athletics

Student playing lacrosse at Daly Field

Athletics Facilities

Our environmentally sustainable athletic complex, Daly Field, features NCAA standard-sized tennis courts, softball diamond, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse fields. The Holmes Sports Center houses our training equipment on our residential campus.

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Health, Wellness and Recreation

Our health and wellness programming is designed to promote the well-being of Simmons students in support of their academic success.

Fit at Simmons

Athletics at Simmons

A group shot of the 2024 Simmons Softball team who won the 2024 GNAC Championship

Simmons Sharks Defend GNAC Championship

Simmons Softball won their GNAC Championship after a pair of victories against Saint Joseph’s College of Maine on Saturday, May 11, 2024.

A person lacing up an ice skate

Maya Balling ’24 Competes in Synchronized Skating Championship

Simmons student Maya Balling ’24 recently traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the Synchronized Skating Championship. Along with other New England skaters, Balling belongs to Team Excel (the adult and collegiate divisions), which finished sixth and ninth out of the 12 teams, respectively.

Crew Coach Andrii Ivanchuk

Simmons Crew Coach Andrii Ivanchuk Welcomes Ukrainian Rowers to the Head of the Charles

Members of the Ukrainian national team will be among the rowers present at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston this October, thanks to the efforts of Andrii Ivanchuk, Simmons Crew Coach. Ivanchuk spoke with us about his past...

Lacrosse player Abby Stoller ’23MSW

Abby Stoller '23MSW Plays for Israel in the Women's World Lacrosse Championship

Abby Stoller is pursuing a master's in social work at Simmons and is an accomplished lacrosse player. After facing a recent challenge, her resilience is nothing short of remarkable. Why Lacrosse? My younger sister Jackie convinced me to switch from...

Simmons Soccer Team in huddle on field at night game

Eliminating the Gender Wage Gap: Simmons University Soccer Weighs in on Equal Pay for the U.S. Women's National Team

On May 18, 2022, the U.S. Soccer Federation proclaimed that United States men's and women's soccer players will receive equal pay. Former Simmons University Soccer Coach and now Director of Athletics and Recreation Erica Schuling and current team member Mo...

Headshots of Graduating Members of the Class of 2022

Seniors Share: My Simmons Memories 2022

New Friendships "I made my very first Simmons friend at accepted students day, and coming into Simmons I was able to become good friends with her and her roommates. To the point where I felt comfortable inviting myself into their...

Headshot of Nikolay Kurmakov

Head of the Charles and Riverside Boat Club Celebrate the Late Simmons Crew Coach Nikolay Kurmakov

In honor of Kurmakov, the Riverside Boat Club named a September race the "Head of the Kurmakov," and the winner of the Women's Club Eight trophy at the Head of the Charles will receive the inaugural “Nikolay Kurmakov Trophy.”

Sydney Iannantuono - Exercise Science major

Major Spotlight: Sydney Iannantuono ’23, Exercise Science

Simmons Academic Mentor, Sydney Iannantuono, tells us what she loves about being an exercise science major and why she thinks her program has the best faculty.

Community Services

Nursing students examining a mock patient

Health services

We maintain and enhance the health of the Simmons student body through comprehensive and accessible primary health care. 

On-campus nutritionist

Simmons students are eligible for free nutrition counseling & education provided by Registered Dietitian, Amy Cantor. Appointments can be made over the phone at (617) 521-1020 or in person at the Health Center on the residence campus.

Students at an event on the residential quad

Colleges of the Fenway

As members of the Colleges of the Fenway, a consortium of five neighboring schools, we have access to even more health and wellness student organizations – and intramural sports from tennis to rugby. 

Counseling services

Our counselors are committed to helping you accomplish your goals and supporting you throughout the counseling process. 

Accessibility services

Simmons University is committed to the full participation of all students in its programs and activities.

Violence prevention & education

Our violence prevention and educational outreach program works to educate and spread awareness around forms of gender-based violence.