While Florida Atlantic University's varsity sports may not be quite as popular as at other schools, they are just as competitive. FAU has 18 varsity sports that compete in the NCAA's Division I Sun Belt Conference. While the football team has only existed since 2001, in 2007, the team became the youngest program ever to receive a bowl bid. Aside from football, FAU also offers basketball, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, and every other sport one could think of, with something for everyone.
Students [proudly wear their red, white, and blue, and tailgating and football games are an exciting part of fall semester. Other spirited events include "Bury the Burrow in Red," where Florida Atlantic students wear as much red as possible during the basketball game between Florida Atlantic and nearby Florida International University. There's an official on-campus spirit group called the "prOWLers," which formed in 2002 to support the men's basketball program during the team's run for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. Another traditional competition is the annual Shula Bowl, named after legendary coach Don Shula.