UCR doesn't have a football team; thus, there is nothing that resembles the typical image of college sports fans, even for the relatively popular basketball and soccer teams. The last time the University fielded a football team was in the '70s, a fact that has become an inside joke through the selling of T-shirts that read: “UCR Football—Undefeated Since 1975." Support for athletics is on the rise, however, since UCR moved to Division I in 2000, and the top-notch quality of the athletic facilities reflects this.
Basketball is easily the most popular varsity sport, but intramural sports are equally well-liked and enjoyed. The Greek community especially gets into the school spirit by having an annual sports week of its own. Officially, all sports team members are called Highlanders, but the name is affectionately used for any and all supporters. Overall, sports are not as big at UCR compared to other UC schools, but it's a great place to attend for those who enjoy playing IM sports.