Bowdoin College, a liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine, offers a wide range of men's and women's sports, including basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey and swimming. Bowdoin boasts 31 varsity teams, as well as several club and intramural sports, and is an NCAA Division III school. The college is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
The Bowdoin College mascot is the polar bear, a result of alumnus Admiral Robert E. Peary's discovery of the North Pole in 1909. The Bowdoin College Athletic Department recognizes high-performing Polar Bear athletes each year in May, at the All-Sports Banquet, a ceremony that honors male and female athletes in various categories, including leadership, service and academic achievement. The College also recognizes distinctive athletic achievements of its students with the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor. Induction into the Hall of Honor is a biennial ceremony that began in 2002.
Polar Bear athletes are also active in the Brunswick, Maine community, offering service through the College's Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good as well as individual and group efforts. The College hosts an event called Common Good Day that serves to educate the Bowdoin community about local service opportunities. Bowdoin College athletes participate in food drives, fund raising events for cancer research, and organizations like the Special Olympics and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.