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Athletics & Fitness

NOVA offers athletic and fitness opportunities for you to enjoy including intercollegiate sports, intramural activities and fitness centers. For now, learn about all the virtual rec activities NOVA offers.

Sports Return

After a two-year Covid-19 suspension, the college will restart these teams in 2022-23: Men's and Women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's soccer, and women's cross country.

NOVA continues to run a dominant Esports program and will offer Women’s Rugby as an extramural activity in Fall 2022. Restart dates for softball, cheerleading and hockey have not been determined.

NEW: REC on Canvas

Rec on Canvas (ROC) is excited to continue providing chances for the NOVA community to be active and engaged.

ROC is an inclusive environment that inspires, empowers, and encourages healthy interaction through an active and safe lifestyle. The platform provides resources that support fitness learning and personal growth for lifelong holistic wellness. Visit the ROC website to enroll and login using MyNOVA credentials. Spend some time exploring our fitness offerings which include live and recorded workout sessions, recreation activities, wellness information, weekly challenges and more.

For questions, please contact:

Recreation and Wellness Directors email list: CJ Jackson at, Najeeb Baha at or Ciaran McAlonan at

2023 Activities:

  • Jumpstart Mondays
  • Optimal Wellness and Health Webinars
  • Yoga 
  • Sit N Fit
  • RecStretch 
  • Fit Fridays
  • Talk Tuesdays
  • Zumba
  • Meditation
  • Coreonthe Floor
  • and more (Wellbeats App)

Campus Recreation and Wellness

Campus Recreation & Wellness provides a variety of recreational and educational programs, and services across three areas designed to help students, faculty, and staff be well and live their best lives. The programmatic areas are Intramural Sports Programs, Wellness Programs and Fitness Programs. Check out this website, Campus Recreation and Wellness, call us at 703.323.3713, or email us at to learn more about all the ways to get active and be well.

Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports Program at Northern Virginia Community College provides an opportunity for every student to participate in an athletic or recreational activity on a voluntary basis. Intramural promotes good sportsmanship through a variety of team, individual and coed activities that enhance the potential for social growth and overall personal well-being. Your involvement as a participant or spectator is a great way to become an engaged member of the campus community.

There are plenty of sports and activities to choose from including soccer, flag football, bowling, basketball and more. Grab some friends, sign up your student organization, or get a group of your fellow NOVA co-workers together and register for an Intramural Sports League or one of the various intramural tournaments.

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program at Northern Virginia Community College is to assist in improving the health, well-being and quality of life of all students and faculty/staff by empowering them to engage and promote and model positive attitudes and behaviors through a lifelong commitment to wellness. Your involvement as a participant in these programs is a great way to enhance and or development your intellectual, social, spiritual, environment, emotional and physical wellness dimensions.

Fitness Classes/Facilities

Develop a strong mind and body. Spend time at one of NOVA's fitness facilities available at Alexandria and Annandale. Our strength equipment provides a great workout for students and faculty/staff of all fitness levels. The Fitness Center staff is always willing to assist you and they offer equipment usage orientation for those that are new to using fitness equipment. Be sure to sign up for personal training and or one of the many fitness classes.