collage of NYU athletes

School spirit stays strong all year round, but there’s no denying that spring brings fresh energy to NYU athletes. Check out how they run, jump, and spike their way to big wins all season.

1.  Volleyball is a fan favorite on the New York City campus, where students come out to cheer on their classmates.

volleyball players on a purple court

2.  There’s no shortage of #VioletPride around here—and when you see this color, you’ll always know you’re on an NYU court.

volleyball players on a purple court

3.  Whether you call it soccer or football, it’s one of the most popular intercollegiate sports at NYU Abu Dhabi.

NYU Abu Dhabi men's soccer team practicing

4.  The women’s football team has won the regional championship for three out of the last five years.

NYU Abu Dhabi women's soccer team practicing

5.  Back in New York City, members of the track and field team defy gravity on a daily basis.


female track and field athletic in midair clearing a high jump

6.  NYU athletes practice hard, but they help one another balance sports and academics, and they have a built-in support network of NYU resources.

Women's soccer team at practice

7.  Teammates know they can rely on one another for motivation and support, and their coaches, advisers, and classmates also have their backs.

NYU track team passes baton during relay race

8.  That’s why recently, almost 100 NYU athletes won All-Academic honors from the University Athletic Association.

Two NYU track team members participating in a race

9.  The women’s basketball team at NYU Abu Dhabi are the reigning regional champions, but to them, community is just as important as performance. NYU athletes know the power of sports to bring people together and teach communication and teamwork.

women's basketball team

10.  NYU Abu Dhabi students volunteer with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. Together, they learn through fun by working on basketball, soccer, and swimming skills.

NYU Abu Dhabi student demonstrating to a child how to properly shoot a basketball

11.  Whether they’re breaking a personal record, winning a championship, giving back to the community, or learning how to balance every aspect of their lives, NYU athletes are always pushing themselves to achieve.

baseball player running on the field

Cat has been telling NYU stories for nearly 10 years with NYU’s University Relations and Public Affairs Office of Marketing Communications and is constantly inspired by what the people of this community make real. She’s also a proud alum of the NYU MFA program in creative writing, and runs a literary magazine in her free time. When she needs to get away from words, she does work in her neighborhood gardens and parks.