Athletics & Recreation
The University of Florida athletics program took second in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. It is Florida’s third consecutive second-place finish in the national all-sports rankings.
Florida is the only program to finish among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 31 national all-sports standings.
In addition, the Capital One Cup went to the Gator women’s program. At the 2014 ESPYs, Florida received the Capital One Cup trophy and a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete scholarships.
The gymnastics and softball NCAA titles led the 12 Gator athletic teams among the nation’s top 10 in 2013-14. At least 10 Gator teams have turned in top-10 finishes in each of the last 13 seasons, including a program record of 14 top-10 teams in 2009-10.
A total of six conference titles were claimed by the University of Florida in the course of the 2013-14 season. This includes five in Southeastern Conference action – baseball, men’s basketball, soccer, men’s swimming & diving and women’s indoor track & field. The win by Florida’s newest team pushed the total to six, as the Gators took their fourth consecutive American Lacrosse Conference title in 2014.
The Gator program swept the Halifax Media Group Southeastern Conference All-Sports Titles for the 14th time in 2013-14. Florida is the only program to take the men’s, women’s and overall titles in a single season in SEC All-Sports history
In 2013-14, 237 University of Florida student-athletes earned spots on SEC Academic or SEC First-Year Academic Honor Rolls. UF is the only SEC school to place 100 or more student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll each of the last 17 years. The SEC annually selects an Academic Honor Roll for each team that honors student-athletes who have posted cumulative 3.0 grade point averages for the previous academic year.
UF posted a Graduation Success Rate of 83 percent in 2013 NCAA Federal Graduation Rate Data. Of the top 10 programs in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings, Florida is one of seven to post a GSR of 83 percent or higher in 2013. All Gator teams are in good academic standing in latest Academic Progress Report released late in May of 2014.
Students are encouraged to participate in all forms of recreational activities. More than 90 percent take advantage of the numerous outdoor courts and playing fields on campus, and in the O’Connell Center, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, the Southwest Rec Center and the Florida Gymnasium for indoor sports. In all, Florida offers more than 60 intramural and club sports ranging from archery to weightlifting.
Near the campus are many recreational lakes and rivers, including university-owned Lake Wauburg. The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are just a short drive away.
One thousand people can participate simultaneously in eight different recreational activities in the O’Connell Center, which seats 12,000 for concerts and other events. Also on campus are open spaces, small ponds, picnic areas, shady nooks and an 81-acre wildlife sanctuary that provide opportunities to enjoy Florida’s year-round outdoor life.