When you tell people that you attend Centenary College, the response is often either "Where's that?" or "Didn't Robert Parish go there?" Though Centenary is not incredibly well-known for its athletics, the school did have its glory days. Back in the 1930s, the College had an amazing football team. And of course, the school was once home to Robert Parish, NBA Hall-of-Famer. It's a bit different today. There's no football team, and basketball, while popular, doesn't have the electric atmosphere it once had. But don't think that athletic events are quiet affairs with empty bleachers. Students arrive in droves to basketball games, and once in a while, a game will inspire students to paint their faces and act like your average crazy sports fanatic. The other sports get some attention, though, not necessarily the same excitement. Sports such as gymnastics, swimming, or volleyball usually bring in friends of the athletes and a few other loyal fans. Centenary is the smallest Division I school, so the College is unique in that respect.
Though athletics are an important part of life at Centenary, they tend to take a back seat to academics and other student organizations. The absence of football makes Centenary much different than most other colleges. There is not much sports fanaticism, and school pride is not confined to athletic events. Although students are proud of the College's athletic accomplishments, if asked to name the school mascot, they'll sheepishly reply, "the Ladies and the Gents." Students are quite aware the mascot doesn't inspire much fear.