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Basketball Traditions

GW Basketball is a big driver of school spirit and community pride, with many successful seasons. The team’s winning formula is encouraged by the active, spirited participation of GW fans. In addition to fans’ cheering and singing, GW basketball games are marked by a number of traditions calculated to pump up our Colonials while dispiriting our opponents:

Team Entrance

When members of the GW Cheer team run the “G” and “W” flags onto the court, Colonial basketball fans rise from their seats to greet their George Washington Colonials.

Player Introductions

In anticipation of the announcement for GW’s starting lineup, Colonials fans often begin a rally clap midway through the introductions of the opposing team. Once the announcer reads “And now, for the starting line up of your George Washington Colonials,” students and season ticket holders stand and cheer until tip off.


It's time to shoot for two! When a GW player goes to the foul line, our fans are back on their feet, this time with their arms extended above their heads, quickly moving their fingers back and forth. Once our player makes the basket, GW tradition calls for fans to drop their arms and yell "WOOOSH!"

Laffy Taffy

On March 4, 2006, the George Washington Colonials men’s basketball team beat the Charlotte 49ers, 86-85 in double overtime, to complete their first-ever undefeated season of Atlantic 10 play. As soon as junior Carl Elliott tipped in the winning shot – right at the buzzer – Colonial fans stormed the court to join the team’s celebration. The men’s players then heard the song “Laffy Taffy” echoing in the arena. They responded by jumping on the announcer’s table and dancing. This sparked the Colonial Army to chant “G … DUB … G … DUB.” Whenever Colonials students hear “Laffy Taffy,” it brings back the excitement and pride of that amazing March day.

Athletics & Recreation

The University’s lively athletics program, with teams often in the NCAA spotlight, contributes immeasurably to the GW experience, school spirit and community pride. It also raises GW’s national profile.