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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are areas that could use work, but the overall school spirit is wonderful. The students are always the life of the party as one. Together, though, the team performance is amazing. Each member helps to uplift the other. Its a team that anyone would be proud to be on.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I was able to support the athletes; however, with many homework and a job, I was not able to appreciate to see many sports. Besides, my favorite sports are played during the summer when I'm not in town.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love watching the basketball games because they are the best.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Its homey and sporty at the same time !

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit at Canisius is high, especially when versing the rival school, Niagara University.


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Canisius is a NCAA Division I school with a modest athletic record. Fans and effort are unwavering, but winning results are not as consistent. Still, students regularly attend games to support their peers, and C-Block (the school's cheering squad) makes sure its members make a good showing. Basketball games are by far the most popular. It seems like almost everyone at Canisius is involved in some sort of club sport or intramural sport. Club sports teams at Canisius are almost like a second varsity team—they even get write-ups in "The Griffin" student newspaper. Intramural sports are obviously less recognized, but they are certainly not less fun. Though varsity schedules must be worked around, dodgeball, flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and more are played enthusiastically each semester. 

Athletic facilities are good, for the most part, but the gym in the Koessler Athletic Center (at least the one for nonvarsity athletes) is in need of renovation. It is way too small for a 4,000-body university, and the equipment is pretty beat.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Golden Griffins
Men Playing Varsity Sports
171 - 12%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
125 - 8%
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 43%
Basketball: 71%
Baseball: 60%
Cross Country/Track: 69%
Other Sports: 74%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bowling
  • Crew (women's)
  • Field hockey (women's)
  • Ice hockey
  • International horse show
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Power lifting
  • Rifle and pistol
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Handball
  • Kan-Jam
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Buffalo State Sports Arena
  • Demske Sports Complex
  • HSBC Arena
  • Koessler Athletic Center
  • Northtown Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball, hockey, baseball
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf, rugby, soccer, swimming, track and field
School Spirit
C-Block is the school's largest club and official cheering squad. For such a small school, there is a lot of Golden Griffin pride, particularly during games against the main rival, Niagara University (the Purple Eagles). C-Block provides T-shirts and transportation to games for a minor fee.
Getting Tickets
It's usually pretty easy to get tickets to events, especially if you're an official member of C-Block. If you're not, just drop by their club room or wherever they have indicated tickets will be available. And some home sporting events don't even require tickets-just show up and wear blue and gold.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Delaware Park is a scenic place to stroll and is close to campus. Even closer is Forest Lawn Cemetery, which is also nice (and a national historical landmark).
Did You Know?
  • A "griffin" is a creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Originating in ancient Middle Eastern mythology, it is believed to have been representative of valor and vigilance, a steadfast guardian.
  • This may come as a real downer to some, but Canisius does not have a football team. Originally, it did, but in the early 2000s, the NCAA made changes to division regulations, mandating that Canisius only play D-1 schools in accordance with the division the rest of its athletics were ranked in. These new opponents were much farther away and less familiar, and so the administration eventually decided to drop it due to financial and popularity issues.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 52% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 68 responses

  • 19% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 41% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 40% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 68 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 31% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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