Carleton Athletic Initiative

Enrich physical education and recreation at Carleton

Whether it's a varsity team going for glory in the MIAC Championships, one of the Ultimate Frisbee teams competing at the DI or DIII College National Championships, or Carls simply participating in individual or team sports to play and engage with friends, athletics play a special part in the lives of Carleton students.

Offering quality and competitive athletics programs and facilities requires a substantial financial commitment. Your gift to the Carleton Athletic Initiative supports the highest quality athletic experience for students, supplementing the budget of the physical education and recreation department.

Gifts to the Carleton Athletic Initiative support:

  • Equipment for 19 men's and women's varsity athletic teams
  • Opportunities for all Carls to engage in athletics through 25 club sports, physical education classes, and intramural athletic and wellness offerings
  • Improvements to Carleton's athletics and wellness facilities
  • Women's rugby is one of many club sports that benefit from CAI.

    Silver Linings for Carleton Athletics

    Conceived in 2009, the Carleton Athletics Initiative (CAI) has helped campus find silver linings in a few difficult times.

    When seven inches of rain gutted Laird Stadium in the fall of 2010, the building’s insurance coverage would have restored the stadium only to its pre-flood state—which was virtually the same as its 1927 opening. That wasn’t good enough for a group of former Carleton athletes.

  • Women's rugby scrum
    Photo: Hai Ngo ’12

    Ready, Set, SCRUM!

    Gifts to the Carleton Athletic Initiative help students stay active and fit—but there are countless other benefits too. Sports teach teamwork, perservance, and the importance of balancing work and play. Hear about it firsthand from women's rugby player Erica Sheline ’15.