Get your friends, neighbors, and classmates together for the biggest competition Whittier College has to offer.

Started in Spring 1992 by Ken Kelly, former Associate Dean of Student Activities who got the University of Miami, SportsFest is a multi-day competition full of games, fun, and rivalry, and where t-shirts and serious bragging rights are up for grabs. Loosely based on the Olympics, teams comprised of students, faculty, and staff come together each November (SportsFest was moved to the Fall semester in 1992) to build community spirit and participate in events that include:

  • traditional sporting events (basketball, dodge ball, etc.),
  • alternative competitions (talent show, poker, video / board games, table tennis, pool, etc.),​
  • service events (Red Cross blood drive, canned food drive, toy drive, etc.),
  • arts/craft activities (banner making, cake decorating, etc.), and
  • intellectual activities (scavenger hunt, movie quiz, etc.)

SportsFest is open to ALL Whittier students - athletes and non-athletes, residential and commuter students. To survive the competition, teams must achieve best overall scores in events and show spirit. Good sportsmanship is also awarded at a closing ceremony.  

This year, the SportsFest competition with the super hero theme of "Poets are Incredible"  will take place on Wednesday, November 19th - Saturday, November, 22nd.  The following are the events. locations, and additional sponsors:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 

•    Blood Drive (LEAP) Villalobos Hall; 10:00am-4:15pm

Thursday, November 20, 2014

•    Guardians of the Galaxy Movie & Quiz (ASWC Program Board) Campus Courtyard; 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday, November 21, 2014

• Opening Events:
    o Banner & Talent Competition Center Campus Courtyard; 6:30pm-8:30pm
    o Foosball & Pool Competition; Johnson Main Lounge; 9:00pm-11:00pm
    o Scavenger Hunt; LEAP Office;  9:00pm-11:00pm
    o Dodgeball; GAC; 9:00pm-11:00pm

Saturday, November 22, 2014

• Morning Events; 10am - 12pm:
     o Basketball; Amphitheater
     o Table Tennis; Stauffer Main Lounge
     o Mask Design; Ettinger Lounge
     o Super Smash Bros (Paragonian Society); Club 88

•    Afternoon Events; 1:30pm - 4:30pm:
      o Ultimate Frisbee; North Lawn
      o Marvel Memory Game; LEAP Office
      o Heroes vs. Villains; Campus Courtyard
      o Texas Hold’em Poker Competition; Club 88

•    Field Games; Club 88; 6:30pm – 7:30pm
•    Mystery Event; Campus Center Courtyard; 7:30pm – 8:30pm 
•   Tug-of-War; Lower Quad; 8:30pm – 9:00pm
•    Closing Ceremony; 10:00pm – 11:00pm

If you have any questions about the competition please contact the head referees: Debbie Allison,, 907-4358  and Joseph Melendez,, 907-4878. 


                                                                                Past SportsFest Themes / Winners

2013 - Theme: "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
2012 - Theme: "May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor"... (Hunger Games)
2011 - Theme: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
2010 - Theme: "Chillin' Like a Villain"
2009 - Theme: "We're All Mad Here" (Alice and Wonderland)
2008 - Theme: "Save the Poet, Save the World"
2007 - Theme: "Quest for the Booty" (Pirates)
2006 - Theme: "Johnny Poet and the Sorcerer's Stone" (Harry Potter)
2005 - Theme: "Fear the Poet"
2004 - Theme: "Let's Get Physical!"
2003 - Theme: "Rise of the Poets"
2002 - Theme: "Is It In You?" 
2001 - Theme: "Who's the Strongest Link" 
2000 - Theme: "Get Your Sport On: A Decade of Tradition"
1999 - Theme: "Get in the Game"
1998 - Theme: "The Quest for the Best"
1997 - Theme: "The Hurt for the Shirt"
1995 - Theme: "The Fight for the HIll"
1994 - Winners: Stauffer House
1993 - Winners: Wanberg House