Enthusiastic student display of spirit is a long-held GW tradition. Although much of this energy is directed toward athletics, it spills over into other facets of student life. The GW community shows its school spirit proudly and loyally, strengthening the sense of pride that permeates the university.
Students can participate in three formal Spirit Programs, as well as many other organized – and more spontaneous – activities.
The GW Cheer Team
The GW cheerleading team is a nationally competitive co-ed team that has the privilege of cheering for the University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams at all home games and at post-season tournaments. The team competes annually in the National College Cheerleading Championships. Tryouts for the GW Cheer Team take place in April and September. Incoming freshmen, transfer students and current students with good academic and judicial standing are eligible to participate.
GW Dance Team (The First Ladies)
Known to Colonials fans as The First Ladies, the nationally competitive GW dance team performs jazz, pom and hip-hop styles. The team moves from center stage to center court, performing during timeouts and halftimes at all GW’s men’s and women’s home basketball games. The First Ladies also travel to post-season tournaments and compete annually in the National College Dance Team Championships.
GW Mascot Squad
In April 2012, George the mascot brought home his first-ever National Championship trophy by taking first place at the College Mascot Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. Back home, you will see George (and close friends BIG George and Hippo) at a variety of on-campus events and community appearances – including showing his support for all 23 varsity athletics teams. Auditions for the GW Mascot Squad take place in April and September. Incoming freshmen, transfer students and current students with good academic and judicial standing are eligible to take part.
Pep Band (The Colonial Brass)
In October 1931, the Student Council organized a student band to build school spirit. Today Colonial Brass Pep Band has nearly 75 members who play at both men's and women's home basketball games and travel to select away games and tournaments. Colonial Brass is central to several GW traditions, including renditions of the GW Fight Song and Alma Mater. Colonial Brass is also known for being among the most spirited fans in the stands.
The Colonial Army is the official student fan group for all GW Athletics. Colonial Army members enjoy exclusive benefits such as lower level, court side seating, an official season t-shirt, tailgate parties, road trips, access to teams and coaches and the chance to participate in gameday promotions. With over 1000 members, the Colonial Army is best known for being the true home court advantage in the Charles E. Smith Center.