Some students love the physical education requirement—they relish waking up early to work out, swim laps, or walk for fitness in the field house. Others are not so enthusiastic—in winter, the sight of yoga-bound students shuffling through snow only to gently doze during “Child’s Pose” is not uncommon. But no matter the reason, the destination is clear: Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, located on the far north end of campus, beside the glorious expanse of Upper Lake.
Built in 1950, Kendall was originally a replacement for Blanchard Hall. While Blanchard transitioned into usage as a campus hub and student community center, Kendall began offering physical education and workout facilities for students. The building was named for Henry P. Kendall, a trustee of the College, and his family. Renovations to the building in 2008 expanded its dance and exercise facilities.
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics is committed to preparing MHC students for purposeful engagement in the world through participation in physical activity. A member of NCAA Division III and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), Mount Holyoke offers 14 varsity sports teams as well as club sports teams. The riding team is a regular visitor to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships—since 2000, the Lyons have taken home a pair of National titles and two Reserve Championships.