As of 2015, the University of Virginia fields varsity men's teams in 12 sports and varsity women's teams in 13 sports. Men's-only athletic programs are baseball, football and wrestling, while only women compete in softball, field hockey, rowing and volleyball. Sports played by both genders include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse and soccer, as well as swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field.
In addition, two cheerleading squads perform at the University of Virginia. One is coed, and the other is all women. The 15-member dance team, which performs on the sidelines at football games and at halftime at basketball games, is all female.
The Virginia Cavaliers have played in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1953 and compete at the Division I level. Teams won six conference championships in the 2014 to 2015 school year and won NCAA championships that year in men's soccer, tennis and baseball. Through the years, athletic teams have captured 100 ACC championships and 20 national titles.
The University of Virginia played its first official football game in 1888, winning the contest 20 to zero. The team's record that year was two to one, losing only to Johns Hopkins.
The team mascot, a costumed Cavalier, performs with the cheerleaders at football and basketball games. A mounted Cavalier leads the football team onto the field at home games. The team colors are orange and blue.