Athletics & Recreation
We don’t just cheer for our 20 varsity teams, we Raise High the Buff and Blue! G-Dub has won team championships in 15 different sports — from basketball to cross country, gymnastics to golf. With an Army of fans loyal to GW, it’s no surprise our teams have thrived in the Atlantic 10 conference and across the country. Over the past four years alone, we have won 12 conference championships.
In the classroom and in competition, our athletes excel: approximately 300 make the Dean’s List each semester with a 3.0 or higher GPA. That’s quite a record in any arena.
All-Conference Honorees in 2020-21
All-Academic Honorees in 2020-21
Coaches of the Year in 2020-21
Combined NCAA Appearances for Men's & Women's Basketball
Hours of Community Service Performed Annually
Prominent Athletics' alumni include: the most decorated Black winter Olympian and 2022 Commencement Speaker, Elana Meyers Taylor; the 2021 Women’s National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, Jonquel Jones; and NBA Basketball Hall of Famer Red Auerbach. Other Olympians include Patricio Garino, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Yuta Wantanabe (men’s basketball); Katura Horton-Perinchief (diving), Tina Brown, Michelle Knox Zaloom and Linda Miller (women’s rowing), and Juan Bocanegra and Chad Senior (men’s swimming).
“As an international student-athlete, GW has been a great experience for me, both in terms of academics and athletics. I have made great friends and met fantastic people in my time here. As a Colonial, I have learned the significance of teamwork. By working together and trusting each other, my teammates and I were able to win our first conference championship ever.“
Men's Water Polo
Raise High the Buff and Blue!
Our fans give us the edge at home. It’s what we call a monumental home court advantage. Join George's Army, our official student fan group, and be part of the game, every game.
Learn it and love it: The GW fight song is a tradition at our games. Before long, you’ll raise high the buff, raise high the blue, as if you’ve been doing it your entire life.
“Being part of the gymnastics team which consists of a group of young women who all want to be successful is something that pushes me forward. Undergoing an injury during my first year, being around my teammates and the athletic department as a whole drove me to be better. The GW Athletics Community makes me excited for what's to come and to be fully present in GW moments and opportunities!“
Major: Organizational Sciences
You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to love the game. GW has more than 50 club and intramural sports you can join — from ice hockey to ultimate frisbee. Pro tip: You’ll love playing on the National Mall.
Lerner Health & Wellness Center, our fitness center on Foggy Bottom, has everything you need to stay healthy. From a variety of cardio and strength training equipment to group fitness classes to racquetball courts, you’ll have fun while working out.
Our state-of-the-art fitness center in West Hall is equipped with everything from free weights to recumbent bikes. It’s open to all members of the Mount Vernon Campus community free of charge.