The Roanoke Region is home to a professional baseball team and several college teams. From Division I sports to Division II and III, sports are always in season.

Blue Ridge Marathon

Known as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon,” the Blue Ridge Marathon was created by the Roanoke Regional Partnership to showcase the region’s commitment to making outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship a core component of the Roanoke Region lifestyle. 

Virginia Tech Hokies

The Virginia Tech football program ranks among the best in the nation, having appeared in a postseason bowl game every year since 1993. After grabbing several ACC championships, Beamer Ball is bigger than ever. You can also experience ACC basketball and a softball team that has competed in the Division I World Series.

Salem Red Sox

The Salem Red Sox, the Class High-A baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, is a popular team with all ages. Games are played in one of the most scenic minor league parks in the U.S. — Salem Memorial Stadium.

Franklin County Speedway 

The Franklin County Speedway, a 3/8ths mile oval track, hosts Late UCar, Mod 4, Late Model Stock, and Street Stock races from late spring to early fall.

Ferrum College Panthers

The Panthers compete in Division III USA South Athletic Conference, playing baseball, basketball, cross county, football, golf, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, softball, and volleyball. Eight former Panthers are currently competing professionally including Billy Wagner.

Hollins University 

Hollins has a competitive equestrian program and also basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, swimming, and tennis teams that compete in the Division III ODAC.

Roanoke College Maroons

Roanoke College is famous for outstanding lacrosse teams. Every year the Maroons finish in the nation’s Division III top 5. The Maroons also compete in baseball, basketball, soccer, and softball.

High School Sports 

With over 15 high schools in the Roanoke Valley competing in basketball, baseball, track, cross country, tennis, lacrosse, football, softball, swimming, volleyball and golf, there are plenty of athletic events happening throughout the year. Nearly all of the schools in the area hold regional and state titles and compete regularly in playoffs and postseason title games. Prep stars from the Roanoke Valley who have played professionally include J.J. Redick (NBA), Danny Aiken, Tiki and Ronde Barber, and Lee Suggs (NFL), and Troy Daniels, and George Lynch (NBA).