|Location:||Washington, DC 20052|
|Colors:||Buff & Blue|
|Affiliation:||NCAA Division I|
|No. of Varsity Sports:||22 (10 men's, 12 women's)|
|Conference:||Atlantic 10 | www.atlantic10.org|
|Arena:||Charles E. Smith Center (4,338)|
|President:||Steven Knapp (Yale '73)|
|Athletics Director:||Patrick Nero (Providence '87)|
GW FIGHT SONG:
In 1924, Eugene Sweeney wrote the song entitled Buff and Blue, which served as the fight song for the GW Football Team. In the 1990's Patrick M. Jones rewrote the song so that it could be used for any GW athletic contest and entitled it The GW Fight Song. The Fight Song can be heard at GW sporting events. Also, as you walk around campus, you will hear the carillon chimes ring out the GW Fight Song twice a day at 12:15 and 6pm.
Hail to the Buff,
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Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!
GW ALMA MATER:
Originally written in 1930 by George Roth, it was rewritten in 1970 by Dr. George Steiner and can be heard at many University events including Convocation, Commencement, and of course every home men's and women's basketball game.
Hail Alma Mater
To thy spirit guiding,
Knowledge thy closest friend
In its strength abiding,
Pledge we fidelity
Ne'er its place resigning,
Hail thee George Washington!
MASCOTS AND COLORS
In 1904, The Columbian College became what we today know as The George Washington University. Along with the change of name, also came the change of school colors. The University colors were changed from orange and blue to buff and blue to commemorate the colors of the uniform that George Washington wore when he resigned as Commander In Chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783.
The name "Colonials" was the mascot name that was voted in by the student body in 1928. "Colonials" continues to be the institutional mascot of The George Washington
Formerly referred to as "George 1," is the character mascot of George Washington. George is considered to be our #1 Colonial and also serves as the namesake mascot of GW. George can often be found at GW athletic events, making community appearances, and visiting several on-campus events to ensure that school spirit and campus unity are continuing to grow at The George Washington University.
Although Big George is commonly mistaken as the University mascot, he is actually GW's BIGGEST sports fan. Standing at 10 feet tall, this inflatable mascot can be found at all of the men's and women's basketball games, fall and spring sports, Midnight Madness, team send-offs, pep rallies, and several GW and community events. If there is a game to be played by GW athletes, Big George can be found cheering his Colonials on to victory!
In 1996, President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg presented a gift to The George Washington University's Class of 2000--a bronze statue of a hippopotamus. Placed at the center of the campus, at H and 21st streets, the hippo has become a popular, though unofficial, GW mascot.