Georgetown students are united in their desire to root for a nationally-respected basketball team, but students are also into lesser-known sports, such as soccer and lacrosse. A little-known fact is that the University’s most talented team is track and field. IM and club sports are growing quickly in popularity, though club sports leaders complain about a lack of funding, and IM participants bemoan the IM department’s relative lack of organization and manpower.
Despite its academic reputation, Georgetown is most definitely a jock school, but not in the sense that one might typically expect. Though club and IM sports are quite popular, the general fitness of the student body’s bodies can be attributed to the impromptu activities organized by the students. Hoyas are, as a rule, active people; working out at the on-campus gym has come to rival Catholicism as the most-practiced religion. Except for the basketball players, most varsity athletes are treated like humans rather than demi-gods, which allows Georgetown to avoid certain social poisons that plague other schools. Basically, the athletic environment has a grassroots flavor that is more populist and pick-up than professional.