Annually, about 400 student-athletes don the Crimson and the Black to compete in:
- Men’s and Women’s basketball
- Men’s and Women’s cross country
- Women’s soccer
- Men’s and women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
- Women’s volleyball
In addition to their excellence in athletic competition, CWU student-athletes consistently achieve among the best GPAs in the GNAC. Led by CWU coaches and athletic staff members, they are also highly involved in community services efforts – from reading programs for local elementary students to a variety of breast cancer awareness and prevention efforts – that support the overall mission of the athletic department, university, and NCAA Division II.
CWU’s student-athlete advisory committee is a committee made up of student-athletes that provide insight to the CWU Athletic Department and the university on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institutions campuses.
CWU also has 24 Collegiate Sport Clubs participation this year – including the nationally ranked men’s rugby club – and a comprehensive intramural program. In all, more than 25 percent of Central Students on the Ellensburg campus are involved in some type of athletic endeavor.
Liz Wallace, left, and Mallory Holtman carry an injured opponent around the base path, which earned them an ESPN ESPY award for the year’s best moment in 2008. Holtman-Fletcher is now CWU’s head softball coach.