Cornell has one of the most diverse varsity athletic programs in the country. It sponsors 36 varsity teams. An NCAA Division I
institution, Cornell is a member of the Ivy League and also competes in
Eastern College Athletic
Conference, the largest athletic conference in North America. In addition, a wide variety of club sports teams have been
organized as student organizations under the auspices of the Dean of Students.Cornell's intramural program includes 30 sports. In addition to such familiar sports such as flag football, squash, or horseshoes, such unusual offerings as "inner tube water polo,"
and formerly "broomstick polo" have been offered, as well as a sports trivia
competition.Cornell's traditional football rival is the University of Pennsylvania; in 1993, the two institutions celebrated the 100th anniversary of their first game. More keenly followed in the
present day are the men's ice hockey contests with Harvard University, although the rivalry has been somewhat one-sided in
recent years, with Cornell leading 15-3-1 since the 95-96 season.