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Sports and Athletics
UCLA Athletics plays a major role in the University mission to furnish a well-rounded education both in and out of the classroom. UCLA continues to live up to its reputation as a national leader in intercollegiate sports, and ranks first in the U.S. in the number of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships won (113). In 2015-16, UCLA men’s and women’s athletic programs placed sixth in the Directors Cup national all-around excellence survey; men and women both placed in the top 10 three times over the last six years in the Capital One Cup. In the 23-year history of the former USA Today survey, the men’s program placed first 11 times, while the women’s program placed first five times in the final nine years. UCLA was the first university in the country to win five NCAA men’s and women’s championships in a single year (1981-82). UCLA competes as the Bruins, in colors of blue and gold.
UCLA also has produced a record number of professional athletes such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Troy Aikman, Arthur Ashe, Eric Karros, Reggie Miller, Corey Pavin, Jackie Robinson, and Natalie Williams, and Olympians such as gold medalists Gail Devers, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Lisa Fernandez, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Karch Kiraly, Dot Richardson, Peter Vidmar, and Natasha Watley.
The major indoor arena at UCLA is the famed Pauley Pavilion, which seats approximately 13,800 for UCLA basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics events. It was the site of the 1984 Summer Olympics gymnastics competition. Immediately adjacent, Drake Stadium is the home of UCLA track and field and soccer competitions and site of many outdoor events, including the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival. The Spieker Aquatics Center is home to the UCLA water polo, swimming, and diving teams. The Los Angeles Tennis Center, a 5,800-seat outdoor tennis stadium and clubhouse, was the site of the 1984 Olympic tennis competition. Easton Softball Stadium, which seats 1,300, is the home of the women’s softball team. The Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center houses the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and the actual personal den of Coach John Wooden. Off-campus facilities include Jackie Robinson Stadium for varsity baseball and the renowned Rose Bowl in Pasadena, home of the UCLA football team.
UCLA Athletics is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference. Men’s teams have won an overall total of 74 NCAA titles—second highest in the nation—including 19 in volleyball, 16 in tennis, 11 in basketball, 10 in water polo, eight in track and field, four in soccer, two each in golf and gymnastics, and one each in baseball and swimming. Students can participate on the varsity level in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.
Women’s teams have won an overall total of 39 NCAA titles—second highest in the nation—including 11 in softball, seven in water polo, six in gymnastics, five in track and field, four in volleyball, three in golf, two in tennis, and one in soccer. Students can participate on the varsity level basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.