“An athletics program is in many ways the most visible element of a university.”
UNCG Athletic Director Nelson Bobb, April 25, 1990
The University Archives and Manuscripts department at UNCG serves as a primary resource for information related to the history of athletics on the UNCG campus. Athletics have been on the UNCG campus since 1900 when students were first required to walk 45 minutes every afternoon before dinner. In 1900 the student Athletic Association was founded and actively recruited members for sports such as tennis and basketball. Athletics would continue to play an integral part in student life at UNCG with the introduction of intramural field hockey and softball in 1920. In 1965, with the transition to a co-educational institution, UNCG hired Frank Pleasants to develop both intramural and extramural programs for men’s athletics. In their first year of competition in 1967-68, the men adopted the name Spartans as their team name. In 1985, the administrative responsibility for the athletic program was assigned to the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs. In 1991, UNCG transitioned from a NCAA Division III school to a Division I. In 2009, there were 18 men and women varsity sports at UNCG. The following is an attempt to aid researchers in learning about the exciting history of athletics on the UNCG campus by providing a selected list of available resources in the Archives.
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Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Walter Clinton Jackson Library
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402