Coming to a Town Near You

September 11, 2007

In late August, 2007 at the New Student Orientation on campus, Athletic Director Bernard Muir offered that "what we do in athletics at Georgetown is decidedly uncommon." He went on to explain that Georgetown's commitment to educate the whole person logically leads to a commitment to widespread participation by students in athletics.

While this commitment is similarly embraced at Ivy League schools, where scholarships are not offered and conference competition is the primary focus, Georgetown uniquely makes this commitment while operating most of its 27 sports in the BIG EAST Conference - one of the most competitive athletic conferences in the nation.

Kyle Ragsdale, associate AD and guest blogger

A few compelling facts underscore the magnitude of this commitment:

  • 700 student athletes participate in intercollegiate athletics - more than 10% of the student body;

  • With 27 varsity programs, Georgetown sponsors more intercollegiate programs than any other school in the BIG EAST Conference;

  • Other than the Ivy League, Georgetown sponsors more Division I intercollegiate programs than any other Division I school not competing in the football Bowl Division of the NCAA. And including those competing at the highest level of college football, only Ohio State (37), Stanford (35), Boston College (31), Cal (29) and Penn State (29) offer more varsity programs than Georgetown.

The reach and impact of so many teams and athletes is astonishing. To wit: just 10 days following Muir's welcome to the freshmen, it is a September afternoon at McDonough arena. Outside in the parking lot, the men's and women's golf teams are loading their gear into Blue and Gray vans for their daily commute to practice in Maryland. The sailing teams just left in vans for practice at the marina in northern Virginia. A large bus is parked in front of McDonough waiting to transport the men's soccer team to the airport, where they will head to Texas for weekend matches against two of the top teams in the nation. The much anticipated men's basketball schedule was just finalized and approved for distribution. Another 10 teams have either completed practice for the day or are about to begin. And members of another dozen out-of-season teams are working out on their own, awaiting the start of off-season practice.

It is simply another typical day at McDonough. But when this heightened activity level is then multiplied daily throughout the year, the opportunities for Georgetown are evident. Consider the following:

  • Georgetown University is a global brand anchored in Jesuit ideals of care for the mind, body and spirit;

  • Georgetown student-athletes embody this brand in both the classroom and in competition with one of the top graduation rates in the country and numerous examples of lifelong success by its student-athletes (George Tenet, Paul Tagliabue, James Higgins, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo);

  • There is no reinforcement of the Georgetown brand more visible to the world than those who don the Blue and Gray in competition at home and on the road.

Here is a summary of this year's reach of Georgetown Athletics put together by the Sports Information staff:

  • Currently, our teams are scheduled to compete in 29 different states.

  • The furthest destination for any Hoya team is Seattle, Washington (Sailing/Swimming and Diving) followed by Puerto Rico (Swimming and Diving).

  • Our teams play most frequently in Virginia with 29 events currently scheduled, followed by Pennsylvania with 22 events, New Jersey with 21, and New York at 16.

  • Schools from 24 different states will travel to Georgetown to compete.

  • In total, Georgetown teams will travel approximately 100,000 miles this year and spend 20,000 nights in hotel rooms.

  • Factoring in television, print and online exposure of our contests, Georgetown Athletics will expose in excess of 100 million people to the wearers of the "G."

Marketers and advertisers certainly appreciate that this type of exposure is of tremendous value. Georgetown alums throughout the world also intuitively know that this opportunity to remain in touch is priceless. For those who desire to remain connected to the Hilltop regardless of where they live, chances are a team from McDonough will be visiting a nearby venue soon.

If you are heading to Florida for the winter, check out Women's Soccer and Men's Tennis in the Tampa area in early October or Women's Golf in Daytona a week later. If you will be Atlanta for Thanksgiving, so will our Swimming and Diving team. Men's Basketball goes to Alabama in early December and Memphis near Christmas. Women's basketball will be in North Carolina in November and Louisville in February. If you are skiing over spring break, stop over in Denver to watch our women's lacrosse team and if you are in Boston near Patriot's Day, take in a women's crew regatta.

WE ARE . . .

One thing is certain, if you have the opportunity to watch the Hoyas at home or on the road, it doesn't matter if you played the sport or not. These young women and men in Blue and Gray are representing you. Get out and proudly cheer for them as they spread the good news of Georgetown one intercollegiate contest at a time.

We are Georgetown! And we are coming to a town near you.

HOYA SAXA!



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4:00 PM
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August 11
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Maryland
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August 12
7:00 PM
Navy
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August 15
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August 18
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August 19
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August 20
1:00 PM
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August 24
7:00 PM
Delaware
Newark, Del.
August 25
5:00 PM
American
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August 25
2:00 PM
Davidson
Cooper Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Shaw Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Appalachian State
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August 28
1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Shaw Field
September 1
4:00 PM
Cal Poly
Shaw Field
September 1
8:00 PM
Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.
September 1
2:00 PM
Rider
Cooper Field
September 3
4:00 PM
San Jose State
San Jose, Calif.
September 3
1:00 PM
Lock Haven
Cooper Field
September 4
12:00 PM
UCLA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:00 PM
Saint Francis PA
Shaw Field
September 8
7:00 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass.
September 9
TBA
Campbell
Buies Creek, N.C.
September 9
7:00 PM
UConn
Storrs, Conn.
September 10
1:00 PM
Rutgers
Shaw Field
September 10
12:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
September 15
2:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Cooper Field
September 16
TBA
Marist
Cooper Field
September 16
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
September 17
1:00 PM
Towson
Baltimore, Md.
September 17
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
September 18
All Day
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Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 19
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Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 20
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
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