The Spirit of Bates Athletics

I’m delighted that you’ll be coming to Bates next year, and as director of athletics I encourage you to proudly wear the garnet as you compete for the Bobcats. 

Forty percent of Bates students participate in a varsity sport, infusing their educational experience with teamwork, accountability, mental toughness, self-discipline — and the thrill of victory. Bates will have high expectations for you as an athlete and a scholar. You’ll develop lifelong friendships with teammates, and you’ll find that lessons learned on and off the field prepare Bobcats for success in life after college.

This video captures the spirit of Bates Athletics — and why student-athletes at Bates like to say that everyday is a great day to be a Bobcat.

When I consider the strength of Bates academics, the college’s unique and progressive history, its strong and positive campus culture — not to mention its location in the beautiful state of Maine — I cannot imagine a better place to go to college. I look forward to welcoming you to campus in late August.

Best wishes,

Kevin McHugh 

Bates Director of Athletics