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Men’s Athletics Exhibition

011911NewsAndNotes_MensBBallAthletics has been an important part of this university’s curriculum since the institution opened as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892. From the beginning, the school was known for its physical education and intramural sports programs for women.

Men’s athletics here can be traced back to 1932-33 when 75 undergraduate men were admitted as day students for one year during the Great Depression. These men formed a basketball team called the Tomcats and played against local college teams such as Elon College, Guilford College, and High Point College, as well as business teams such as Jefferson Standard Life Insurance.

After the university became co-educational in 1964, men participated in the intramural program, which featured basketball, billiards, bowling, fencing, flag football, golf, soccer, softball, table tennis, and volleyball.

In 1967, the intercollegiate program for both men and women received formal recognition from the university and the “Spartan” nickname was adopted for all teams.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives presents an exhibition on this history to celebrate men’s athletics at UNCG.

This exhibit will be on display in the Jackson Library/EUC Connector through April 7.