Athletics & recreation
Proud to be a Nanook*
Alaska Nanook Athletics
Get your game on while watching our 10 sports teams compete against their peers from all over the nation. Nanook teams compete in regional or national athletic conferences at venues on campus or other locations in Fairbanks:
- Basketball, men's and women's teams; Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference; Patty Center gymnasium
- Cross country running, men's and women's teams; Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference; West Ridge Trails on campus
- Hockey, men's team; Division I Central Collegiate Hockey Association; Carlson Center
- Nordic skiing, men's and women's teams; multidivisional Central Collegiate Skiing Association; Birch Hill Recreation Area
- Rifle, men's and women's team; the 10-time NCAA Champion rifle team competes as an independent; E.F. Horton Range, downstairs in the Patty Center
- Swimming, women's team; multidivisional Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference; Patty Center pool
- Volleyball, women's team; Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference; Patty Center gymnasium
* When UAF was established in 1917, the basketball teams were nicknamed the "Polar Bears." After 1963, the Polar Bears and UAF's official mascot became known almost exclusively as "Nanooks," after the Inupiaq Eskimo word for polar bear, "nanuq."
You don't have to be on a varsity team to get active at UAF. You can participate in campus recreation opportunities such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, ping pong and zumba at the Student Recreation Center; swimming at Patty Center pool; ice skating at the Patty Center ice arena; running or skiing on West Ridge trails; climbing the brand new outdoor climbing wall; playing disk golf; participating in intramural sports; playing pool or bowling at the Wood Center; or going on Outdoor Adventure trips all over Alaska. Grab your shoes and go!