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Carthage fields 28 varsity sports:

  • Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, and wrestling.
  • Women’s sports: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
  • Coed sports: esports 

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Dante Graham About one-third of Carthage students are involved in varsity intercollegiate athletics, and another one-third participate in intramurals and club sports offered here (men’s and women’s bowling, soccer, and co-ed ice hockey). 

Balancing academic and athletic commitments is definitely doable, even in Carthage’s most time-intensive majors. Like nursing, athletic training, or, in the case of Dante Graham ’20, neuroscience.

Outside of class, Dante carved up his time among track and field, work, and his fraternity, Delta Omega Nu. Tough? Sure. It just took planning and discipline.

“I ended up choosing Carthage because it was a smaller, more intimate college,” Dante said. “Being able to run track there was the cherry on top.”

Carthage Firebirds logo The Carthage Firebirds! Carthage adopted the Firebirds team name in February 2021.

Cody Taylor Cody Taylor ’09, M.Ed. ’14, the athletics liaison in our admissions office, can tell you firsthand what it’s like to be a Carthage student-athlete. He played soccer for Carthage.

“Student” comes first in the term student-athlete, so practices and workouts are scheduled around classes and labs whenever possible. Carthage teams’ average cumulative GPA is 3.2.

When obstacles appear, our campus-wide Student Outreach System alerts athletic staff, academic advisors, and others who team up with the student to form solutions.

“We have lots of longtime coaches. They stay for two reasons: a) They win, and b) They care about their students,” Cody says.

Carthage’s team colors are red, black, and white. 

Meet Ember! Ember was introduced to the Carthage community at Homecoming on Oct. 16, 2021.

Ember is the College's new mascot.