|Colors||Blue and Gray|
|Mascot||Jack the Bulldog|
|Athletic Director||Bernard Muir|
|Varsity sports||22 (10 men's, 11 women's, 1 coed)|
|Conferences||Big East Conference, Patriot League (football only)|
|Football, Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium||Multi-Sport Field|
|Basketball Arenas||McDonough Gymnasium & Verizon Center|
Big East and other opponents, whose schools tend to have more concrete nicknames, have long used "What's a Hoya?" as a chant to mock Georgetown. Marquette University, whose fight song is "Ring Out, Ahoya!" will often taunt the Georgetown basketball team with the phrase "Wring out a Hoya."
Harrison High School, Located in Kennesaw, Georgia, is the only other institution in the country licensed to share this name. However, Georgetown Preparatory School, which separated from the University in 1927, uses the name "Little Hoyas" for its sports teams and shares the University's blue and gray color scheme.
Georgetown's nickname is The Hoyas, but its mascot is "Jack the Bulldog." Among the earliest mascots was a terrier named Stubby, whose name is largely unfamiliar today but was perhaps the most famous dog of his generation. Stubby was discovered by a soldier at the Yale Bowl, and went on to fight in the trenches of World War I in France. He was promoted to Sergeant for his actions in combat and awarded a special medal by General John J. Pershing in a post-war ceremony. His owner then entered Georgetown Law School, and Stubby became part of the halftime show.
From then on, Georgetown had a live dog as its mascot. Rev. Vincent McDonough, SJ's dog, Jazz Bo, nicknamed Hoya is likely a cause of the teams adopting the name. In 1951, the school joined a growing movement among private schools, such as the University of Chicago, and suspend the football program as un-academic. The dog as a symbol lived on, though, and sporadically students would bring pet bulldogs to games. In 1962, as the school revived the football team and adopted as its logo a drawing of a Bulldog sporting a blue and gray cap, students adopted a bulldog named "Jack." In 1977, the university began the tradition of dressing up a student in a blue and gray bulldog costume, replacing the live bulldog.
Finally, in 1999, Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J., with the help of the Hoya Blue fan club, revived the tradition of a live bulldog; when Pilarz left for the University of Scranton (taking Jack with him), Georgetown immediately secured a new bulldog puppy and found another Jesuit, Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., to care for him.
The Georgetown University Men's Basketball team is perhaps the most well-known Hoya program. Georgetown's first intercollegiate men's basketball team was formed in 1907. John Thompson III, son of the accomplished Hoyas coach John Thompson, is the current head coach. The Hoyas historically have been well regarded not only for their team success, but also for their ability to generate players that after graduation succeed both on the court (such as Patrick Ewing) and off (such as Henry Hyde). The team has reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four 5 times, has won the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament 7 times, and has won the Big East regular season title 3 times.
Today, under the guidance of Tony Johnson, now Director of Rowing and Varsity Heavyweight Coach, Georgetown still competes as a member of the top league in American rowing, the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges. With the addition of a men's lightweight team in 1963, a women's team in 1975, and a women's lightweight team in 1996, Georgetown's four crew teams have seen success in recent years, including trips to the Henley Royal Regatta for the men's heavyweight and lightweight teams and second-in-the-nation finishes for both men's and women's lightweight teams. Many Georgetown oarsmen and -women have gone on to represent the United States on national and Olympic teams, and a new boathouse is scheduled to be completed in the near future.
The women's lacrosse team has been particularly strong in recent years, winning 6 consecutive Big East titles. The Lady Hoyas reached the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship final in both 2001 and 2002. They play their home games on Multi-Sport Facility ("Harbin Field"), which is surrounded on two sides by dormitories, to respectably large crowds. In 2005, their first season under new coach Ricky Fried, the team went 13-5 and made the NCAA Tournament for the 8th straight year.
In 1941, Georgetown played in the Orange Bowl, where they lost 14-7 to Mississippi State. They also played in the 1950 Sun Bowl against Texas Western. Texas Western, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso (more commonly UTEP), won the game by a score of 33-20.
After a 2-7 season in 1950 which included losses to the likes of Penn State, Miami, and Maryland, Georgetown discontinued the sport, which was revived in 1964 by students. Its first game drew 8,000 to campus against New York University (NYU). Varsity football resumed in 1978 at the Division III level. Today, Georgetown plays at the Division I-AA level (due to NCAA legislation forbidding Division I or II schools from playing football in lower divisions), competing in the Patriot League and perennially plays against Ivy League schools.
"Big Jim" Ricca, an NFL defensive end and offensive lineman, graduated in 1949 and was the last Hoya to play in an NFL game. In 2007, the Washington Redskins made Alex Buzbee a reserve player, becoming the first Georgetown player on an NFL team since Ricca retired in 1956.
Perhaps the football team's most accomplished athlete was Al Blozis, who would play for the NFL's New York Giants before being killed in action in World War II. Blozis's great athletic accomplishments, however, came in shotput and discus. He set the world indoor record for the shotput, throwing it 56 feet 4.5 inches in 1941. He was the national indoor and outdoor shotput champion in both 1942 and 1943.
Hoyas have excelled in a wide range of sports over the years: