College Spotlight: Georgetown Hoyas

Posted on September 10 2019

Representing Georgetown University in college sports are the Georgetown Hoyas.

You may be asking yourself, "What is a Hoya?” Good question! Reportedly, using Latin and Greek terms, a student watching a game one day enthusiastically began to shout "Hoya Saxa!” This loosely translates into "What Rocks!" Soon after (in 1920), all Georgetown teams adopted the term because of its popularity. So, their bulldog mascot "Jack" has nothing to do with the name itself.College Spotlight: Georgetown Hoyas

Sports at Georgetown University

One of the most successful sports teams belonging to the University is the men's basketball team. But, covering a vast range of sports, many of the Hoyas’ teams have achieved success. Sports sponsored by Georgetown University are as follows:

Women's Sports

  • Volleyball
  • Track and Field
  • Tennis
  • Diving and Swimming
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • La Crosse
  • Golf
  • Field Hockey
  • Cross-Country
  • Crew
  • Basketball

Men's Sports

  • Track and Field
  • Tennis
  • Diving and Swimming
  • Soccer
  • La Crosse
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Crew
  • Basketball
  • Baseball

Club Teams

  • Rugby
  • Ice Hockey

Where Do the Teams Play?

So where do Georgetown’s sports teams do what they do best? Actually, they play at various fields. Here's a list:

  • Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John – baseball team
  • Capital One Arena in downtown DC – men's basketball team (home games)
  • Yates Field House and Copper Field – La Crosse
  • Shaw Field – soccer
  • Washington Nationals Youth Academy – softball
  • McDonough Gymnasium – women's basketball
  • Capital One Arena – men's basketball
  • Copper Field – football
  • Georgetown University Main Campus – the location of most other athletic facilities.

Players Who Have Left Their Mark

Numerous players from Georgetown University's Hoyas teams have cemented their place in sports history. Here is just a smattering of names:

 NFL Hall of Famers

  • Art Rooney class of ‘64
  • Dan Reeves class of ‘67

MLB players from 1919 to 2010

  • Paul Florence
  • Clyde Sukefourth
  • Del Bissonette
  • Don Brennan
  • Jim Castiglia
  • Al Naples
  • Tim Adleman

NBA Hall of Famers

  • Patrick Ewing
  • Dikembe Mutombo
  • Alonzo Mourning
  • Allen Iverson

Of course, famous people from Georgetown University are not limited to the sports world. Here are just a handful of names who have made it big as celebrities (sports or not):

  • Robert Grant (lawyer, actor)
  • Aimee Mullins (athlete, actor, fashion model)
  • William J. Jefferson (lawyer)
  • John Aravosis (lawyer, social activist, editor)
  • Pat Buchanan (politician, speechwriter, commentator)
  • Maria Shriver (television producer, news reader, journalist)
  • Jim McGreevey (politician)
  • Allen Iverson (rapper, basketball player)
  • Carl Reiner (television producer/director, comedian)
  • Jim Gaffigan (film/television producer, comedian)
  • Jack Abramoffa (film producer, lobbyist, businessperson)
  • Jackie Kennedy Onassis (First Lady, editor)
  • Antonin Scalia (lawyer, Supreme Court judge)
  • Patrick Ewing (actor, coach, basketball player)
  • Bradley Cooper (actor, film producer)

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