50 Years of Women's Varsity Athletics at Duke

Duke Athletics is proud to celebrate 50 Years of Women’s Varsity Athletics. A commemoration of the rich history of women’s sports at Duke University will take place throughout the year with a digital campaign highlighting each Blue Devil women’s athletic program on social media, a fundraising campaign, and two feature events.


About Duke Women's Athletic Programs

Duke University sponsors thirteen women athletic programs which have collectively won 8 team national titles, 12 individual national titles and 64 ACC championships: basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, rowing, track & field, cross country, tennis, lacrosse, golf, fencing, field hockey and swimming & diving. The first women’s varsity athletics program to be sponsored by Duke was field hockey beginning in 1972. Most recently, softball became the latest women’s sports program added to our Blue Devil family with their first season of competition taking place in 2018.