GW Athletics Unveils New Floor Design at Charles E. Smith Center
Iconic Imagery Punctuates University's Setting in Heart of the Nation's Capital
May 20, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation unveiled on Monday a new design for the main floor at the Charles E. Smith Center on which GW's men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball teams compete. The design includes images of The White House flanked by the United States Capitol and the Washington Monument, with GW Athletics' familiar Buff and Blue GW logo at center court.
"As our graduating students and student-athletes enjoy a unique Commencement ceremony on the National Mall, unveiling this spectacular new floor design further emphasizes our campus setting in the heart of D.C.," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "When people around the world are watching our games, we want them to immediately recognize and understand the university's unique setting in the middle of the action in this world-class city."
The distinctive design pays tribute to three iconic structures that are near and dear to the George Washington community. Every four years George Washington students celebrate the Presidential Inauguration just blocks away from campus, while dozens of university graduates have led long and prestigious careers in the halls of the Capitol. The Washington Monument, the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the honor of the first President of the United States and the university's namesake.
A hallmark of George Washington's Athletics program has long been success through the recruitment of both local and international talent. The National Mall and the buildings depicted on the new court blend the best of Washington with the international appeal that the city holds.
The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington's vision of an institution in the nation's capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders.
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