Endeavors to introduce out-of-door athletics at Wellesley have met with marked success. Up to the opening of 1892 no systematic out-of-door work had been given the students. Rowing was then introduced under careful supervision, and aroused such interest that 175 of the young women competed for positions on the crews. The class of '96 raised $2,500 to build a boat-house last year, and Dr. W. A. Brooks, a former oarsman of Harvard coached the crews.
The trustees of the college have granted the use of three acres of land southeast of Stone Hall for an athletic field. As money was needed to put this field in repair, the class of '97 raised $1,250. A running track is being made, and the ground laid out for tennis and basket ball.