Recreation, Extracurricular, & Social Activities

Newport is a frequent stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race, while the sport and recreational fishing in the Ocean State draws anglers from around the world. The Newport Jazz Festival is a highlight of the summer season, and the Christmas decorations of the Gilded Age mansions are spectacular. Gastronomes will delight in the many dining options. The winter outdoor activities are a short drive away in upper New England, while summer offers a vast array of water focused activities.

Army/Navy Flag Football game

Sports at NWC

There is almost no activity that you cannot do while at the Naval War College. The Naval War College itself hosts an exciting intramural series of sports, and the surrounding area offers everything from world-class sailing to polo, fishing, and easy access to the full spectrum of winter sports as well.

Throughout the year, students can participate in a wide variety of formal and informal social activities. Sports activities and opportunities abound through the base fitness center and the college’s own President’s Cup intramural sports competition. Seminars tend to be the organizational unit for student activities.

Military socials begin in the fall with:

  • Navy Ball (October)
  • Marine Corps Ball (November)
  • Holiday Ball (December)
  • Army Ball (May)
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Class, service, and seminar gatherings, as well as trips to various cultural and athletic events, provide the opportunity for interaction between students of other military services and nationalities. Students are also involved in a wide variety of local community activities, combining recreation with social responsibility. Many take an active part in holiday food and gift drives; some participate as volunteers for Scout troops, youth sports teams, women’s shelters and soup kitchens; others tutor local elementary, middle, and high school students. Student activities are financed in part by the students themselves, while additional funding comes from Morale, Welfare, and Recreation funds and from the Naval War College Foundation.

Youth Sports

Youth sports in the local area are vibrant, especially lacrosse, soccer, football and hockey. Excellent opportunities exist for sailing and equestrian sports. Additionally, there are many vibrant Girl and Boy Scout organizations with multiple opportunities for camping, leadership development and high adventure outings. Newcomers should be aware that many of the Fall Sports conduct registration in the Spring.