The Georgetown Hoyas football Snapback Hats
are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University
in college sports
. Part of the NCAA
's Division I
, the Hoyas field 23 varsity level sports teams, most of which participate in the Big East Conference
, with the exception of the Division I FCS Patriot League
. In late 2012, Georgetown and six other Catholic, non-FBS schools
announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference.
The rowing and sailing teams also participate in east coast conferences. The men's basketball
team is the school's most famous and most successful program, but Hoyas have achieved success in a wide range of sports.
The team name is derived from the mixed Greek
chant, "Hoya Saxa
," (meaning "What Rocks") which gained popularity at the school in the late nineteenth century. The name Hoyas came into use in the 1920s. Most teams have their athletic facilities on the main campus of Georgetown University