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Centre competes in 23 intercollegiate sports (11 for men, 12 for women), with 40% of the student body participating in one or more team. The College also offers 15 intramural sports in which 80% of our students participate.

Centre Athletics

With a winning athletic tradition and commitment to academic excellence, Centre College competes in 23 intercollegiate sports – 11 for men and 12 for women – with 42 percent of the student body participating in one or more sports. In addition, Centre offers over 15 intramural sports, in which 80 percent of our students participate.

Over the past two decades, Centre has had 30 student-athletes named Academic All-Americans, while 49 have earned All-American status. Two of Centre’s last four Rhodes Scholars were varsity athletes, and three other student-athletes have won Fulbright Scholarships.

The Centre Colonels compete in Division III of the NCAA and the newly created Southern Athletic Association.  Other SAA schools include Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and Sewanee: University of the South.

What is the Praying Colonels Fund?

A critical factor in providing our student-athletes a quality “Centre Experience” is the Praying Colonels Fund.  The support received from our alumni, parents, and friends provides key financial resources for our continuing upward trajectory.

Our Praying Colonels Fund members can take pride in knowing they are directly impacting the lives of our nearly 600 young men and women who put on a Centre uniform.

At Centre, athletics and recreation operates under the vision that a liberal arts education should seek to enhance both the mind and body.  We are also imparting invaluable life lessons about teamwork, servant leadership, the value of hard work, and being a part of something bigger.

The Fund has enhanced facilities, equipment needs (both team-specific and department-wide), travel, uniforms, video web streaming and technological advancements, and much more.

Praying Colonels Fund Giving Levels

Fred Vinson Society

E.A. Diddle Society

Mattie Bell Society

Cawood Ledford Society

Kitty Baird Society

$5,000 & up
Bo McMillin Society


Giving to Centre Athletics: FAQs

May I designate my gift?

YES. You may designate your gift to any one of our 23 intercollegiate teams, as well as to any of the following support functions: Sports Information, Athletic Training, Cheerleading, Dance Team, or Intramurals/Recreation.

Of course, an unrestricted gift to the Praying Colonels Fund will enhance the Centre Athletics Department as a whole – touching all 23 teams, as well as our support functions.

Does giving to the Praying Colonels Fund count toward the College’s giving levels?

YES. Any gift to the Praying Colonels Fund will count toward becoming a member of the Colonels Club, the Centre Associates, and the Lifetime Giving Societies

How can I make a gift?

You can make a gift to Centre Athletics any of the following three ways:

  1. Give securely online here.
  2. Call us toll free at 877-678-9822 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to make a credit card gift.
  3. Mail your check to: Office of Development, Centre College, 600 W. Walnut Street, Danville KY 40422.