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Athletics and Recreation

The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation, & Convocation Center


Fax: 215.951.2775

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Philadelphia University) is committed to a strong athletic program, a commitment strengthened by its association with the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The University is a Division II member of the NCAA. The University sponsors 17 varsity sports and club teams. Cheerleading, dance company, rammettes, men’s lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, men’s soccer, and ultimate frisbee are affiliated with the intercollegiate program as club sports.

Sports Sponsorship

Men’s Teams (7):                   

  • Baseball (includes JV baseball)                                
  • Basketball                              
  • Cross Country         
  • Golf                                       
  • Soccer            
  • Track                        
  • Tennis


Women’s Teams (10):

  • Basketball
  • Rowing
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Track
  • Golf

Athletic Fields

Jefferson at East Falls Campus has three outdoor athletic fields and three hard court surfaces indoors in the Gallagher Center. Students can use the fields, but may be asked to leave if the weather is inclement. Students are not permitted to use golf clubs on the athletic fields. As with the indoor gyms, students, faculty, and staff must be prepared to show identification when using the fields. All facilities are used for varsity and recreation programs.

  • Ravenhill Field: Home of the men’s and women’s soccer teams and women’s lacrosse team.
  • Henry Avenue Softball Field: Home of the softball team.
  • Abe Salaman, ’58 Tennis Courts: Adjacent to Physical Plant, in both directions, are six tennis courts. These courts are home to the men’s and women’s tennis team.
  • Alumni Field: This is the home of the baseball team. It is located behind the Gallagher Center.
  • Belmont Plateau: This course is utilized by the men’s and women’s cross country teams and is located approximately three miles from main campus.
  • Crescent Boat Club: The boathouse is located on the famous boathouse row of Philadelphia approximately five miles from main campus. It is home to the women’s rowing team.
  • The ACE Club: Home course for the Philadelphia University men’s and women’s golf teams. This golf course is located in Lafayette Hill, PA.
  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education: Indoor tennis facility that is home to the men’s and women’s tennis teams


Gallagher Athletic, Recreation, and Convocation Center: The state of the art Athletic and Recreation Center features three full-size basketball courts, an indoor jogging track, fitness center, locker rooms, and administrative offices. Located only 35 yards from the Kanbar Campus Center, the Gallagher Center allows both intercollegiate and recreational participants to compete in top-level facilities.

Bucky Harris Gym: Has an official-sized basketball court, a racquetball court, an aerobics studio, as well as an official volleyball court. The gym is used for group exercise classes, recreational competition and open gym.

Fitness Center: The state-of-the-art fitness center offers 33 pieces of Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment, including two Power Mill Stair Climbers, ten Integrity Treadmills with attachable television monitors, eight Integrity cross-trainers, six upright and recumbent Integrity bicycles, five Cybex Arc Trainers, and two Row GX Trainers (rowing machines with fluid technology).  In addition, the fitness center has 20 spin bikes, an assault air bike, and 43 pieces of Hammer Strength and Life Fitness strength training equipment targeting every major muscle group in the body.  Additional equipment includes two full sets of Iron Grip dumbbells (5 - 50 lbs and 5 – 100 lbs), Olympic platforms, barbells, kettle bells, stability balls, medicine balls, free-standing punching bag, speed bag and gloves, and a multitude of other fitness equipment. The fitness center is dedicated to creating an environment where the Jefferson University community can acquire the skills, knowledge and behaviors needed to reach their fitness goals and gain a lifetime appreciation for a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness Programs: Group exercise classes offered include Yoga, Bootcamp, Spinning, Total Body Strength, Self Defense, RAD, Zumba, Pilates, Walking Classes, Core/abs, HIIT, Boxing, and Dance.  Additionally, swimming is offered at Penn Charter High School across the street.

 Regular Hours of Operation: 

Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

*When the University is not in session, updated facility hours will be posted at the Gallagher Center and online.


To use the athletic facility, a current and valid student (not alumni), staff or faculty identification is necessary! Each Jefferson University student is allowed up to two guests on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and each guest must have positive identification and sign a waiver to use the facility. Open recreation time may vary due to varsity contests, practices, recreation contests, outside events, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Notice will be posted in such cases. Alumni of Jefferson University are permitted access to the facility as a guest of a current Jefferson University student only.


If a University group would like to reserve an athletic facility, it is necessary to complete an event/room reservation request through the Coordinator of Facilities & Recreational Programming.


Recreation Program 

The Department of Athletics organizes and promotes extracurricular activities that are open to students, faculty and staff. These events are to be friendly in nature and are geared to promote student involvement through fitness and sports. The recreation program provides an opportunity for everyone to participate freely in an enjoyable physical activity, as well as to develop an appreciation for the benefits and importance of physical exercise. Activities are offered in league format for the competitive team player. Also offered are fitness programs for the individual who wants to meet personal objectives and special events that provide one-day athletic activities for student groups.

Registration Policy: To enter a recreation league or tournament, individuals may register at www.IMLeagues.com/PhilaU/registration. All leagues and tournaments will have men’s, women’s, and coed divisions. Fitness programs may require pre-registration.

Insurance: All participants must have health and accident insurance coverage to participate.


Eligibility: All full-time day students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. Varsity athletes cannot play when their sport is in season without the permission of their coach. Varsity athletes cannot participate in sports similar to their own (e.g., basketball players cannot play basketball, soccer players cannot play soccer, baseball players cannot play softball, etc.). For some leagues, there may be a limit to the number of varsity athletes per team, and in such cases, that information is posted. Teams will forfeit any games in which an ineligible player is used.

Team Captains: Team captains are responsible for the coordination and control of team play. Captains shall inform players of rules and schedules, prevent forfeits, attend meetings, and monitor conduct of players. For league events, there will be mandatory captain’s meetings to communicate important information and schedules.

Officials and supervisors: League officials and special event officials are work study staff members from Athletics Department. The supervisor acts as the authority concerning rules, equipment, and any other questions that may arise including accidents or injury.

Recreation Offerings: Coed Indoor Soccer, Coed Volleyball, Coed Basketball, Tennis, Racquetball, Dodgeball, and basketball tournaments and more based off of student interest.

Game schedules and upcoming event information are posted on the web at www.IMLeagues.com.