Community members may participate in recreational sports and athletic competitions through the Boston Sports Club, the Babson Skating Center, and other on-campus athletic facilities.
Babson Summer Camps
The Babson Summer Camps office includes Internal Summer Camps, managing 15 to 17 camps from June through August, and External Summer Programs. The camps account for approximately 30 sessions occurring during a seven-week period for local children ages 5–15. Children and adult participants in the External Programs stay on campus for two to 10 days for overnight conferences or multiday retreats.
Each program on campus, from mid-May through mid-August, is managed by the Summer Programs Office. A portion of the External Summer Programs is managed directly through organizations on campus, including the Glavin Office of International Programs, the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Undergraduate School.
Babson offers a variety of summer sports and traditional day camps for children, including soccer, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, and Camp on the Hill, a traditional program for children ages 5–10.
Babson also contracts with professional conferences and academic and sports camps during June, July, and August.
In summer 2011, 15 in-house sports camps were designed, promoted, and implemented with approximately 2,400 participants. Externally, approximately 20 programs were run with more than 2,500 participants.
The Summer Programs Office employs camp directors and as many as 150 camp counselors. Many of them currently play on teams or are coaches and teachers in neighboring towns.
Babson Skating Center
The Babson Skating Center, owned and managed by Babson College, serves the community in many ways:
- Needham High School’s hockey team uses the rink for its home games
- Wellesley High School uses the rink for its home games
- Wellesley High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams each have their own locker rooms at the rink
- Local residents take advantage of public skating on weekday mornings and Sunday afternoons
- The skating school enrolled more than 400 students from Wellesley and Needham in 2010–2011
- Many Needham and Wellesley adults are members of groups that rent ice time during evening hours for hockey games
- The rink serves as the site for parties for a number of schools
- Dana Hall
- The rink donates public skating passes to local schools for their fundraising efforts
- Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley holds a skating program there each winter
- The annual August Hockey Clinic enrolls skaters from both Wellesley and Needham
- Members of the Wellesley Youth Hockey Association are recognized each winter at a Babson varsity hockey game
Webster Center and Athletic Fields
The Webster Center facility and athletic fields are used by several area groups for team practice and play, including Wellesley High School swim, field hockey, lacrosse, and track teams; Needham High School swim and track teams; Wellesley Swim Association; and the Wellesley Recreation Department.
- Babson is a traditional host of games for the MIAA Division II Girls’ Lacrosse Tournament.
- Babson hosts more than 150 intercollegiate competitions throughout the year that are open to the public, free or for a nominal charge.
Boston Sports Club
The Boston Sports Club (BSC) in Wellesley is a premium health club located behind the Babson campus. BSC offers cardio machines with personal entertainment screens, a 25-yard swimming pool, supervised express workouts, personal training, massage, indoor tennis, basketball courts, summer camp, laser tag, swim lessons, child care for ages 3 months to 10 years, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, spin, and more, and includes a new six-pool outdoor summer complex.
BSC holds active membership in the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, and hosts or sponsors a number of fundraising events, including road races and walk-a-thons for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.