GW is not a sports enthusiast’s dream come true. There is not much school spirit at GW, perhaps because the University has no football team. The main sport is men’s basketball, but games only get packed when the team is doing well. A lot of students are apathetic about other teams, including the talented women’s basketball team. Most non-varsity athletes do not attend games other than men’s basketball, if that. Intramural sports are popular and pretty casual. Club teams are more competitive—the GW teams travel to other universities to play. People involved in sports at these levels say they have a lot of fun in the mildly competitive atmosphere.
GW tries to promote spirit among its students, but the efforts often fail. The women’s basketball team, which has a history of doing well, is basically ignored—almost no one attends games. Sports fans can attend outside games at the University of Maryland or watch one of several professional teams in the area. At GW, there are opportunities to play and watch sports, but if early morning tailgate parties before packed football games are what you crave, you better look elsewhere.