The Coast Guard Academy, and I assume other service academies require participation by cadets/midshipmen in sports. That ends the day you cross that big stage and get your butterbars or shoulder boards. You WILL have a chance to play sports after a life of required sports. I live outside of Washington, DC (and work in Washington DC). I am a member of the Coast Guard Headquarters hockey team. Every year, the Coast Guard has the "Commandant's Cup". It used to be at Conn. College in New London, CT, but for the past few years it has been held in Bourne, Mass., on Cape Cod. You can see anywhere from 12 teams to 8 teams compete for the Commandant's Cup. They come from near and far, Hawaii, Alaska, Michigan, Florida...the list goes on. It's on permissive leave generally, and promotes good health, which is important to the Commandant. The 15th Annual Commandant's Cup was held this past weekend, and I have to say, while my legs are tired, and I haven't had much sleep, some great stories have resulted from the experience (I also went last year, but with a different team, as I had not yet moved to Washington, DC). On top of Coast Guard hockey, I also joined the Coast Guard Academy Alumni soccer team, in an Alumni league in the DC area. The Coast Guard Academy Alumni Bears beat University of Arizona Alumni today 1-0. Everything you do doesn't have to be connected to your service though. I joined my church league softball team. My girlfriend gave me a mitt for my birthday two years ago, and I am pumped to finally use it in games, instead of just in catch. So while you may not be required to play sports anymore, I would recommend doing so!