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UMW “fighting eagle” mascot along College Avenue
The University of Mary Washington sent the following e-mail yesterday:
Students, Faculty and Staff returning from the Thanksgiving holiday will find the University of Mary Washington fighting Eagle athletics mascot logo all along College Avenue between Route 1 and Williams Street. The logos were applied during the weekend. The proposal for the new campus area markings was initiated by the Student Government Association two years ago as a symbol of school spirit and pride in UMW athletics. The proposal was discussed with the Town and Gown committee, approved by the City of Fredericksburg, and endorsed by the current SGA.
One of the top NCAA Division III athletic programs in the nation, the University of Mary Washington has become known as an institution that succeeds in academics and athletics. Since 1976, UMW has expanded its program from six sports to 23. Over that time, the Eagles have produced more than 250 All-Americans, played in more than 175 NCAA Tournament events, and developed the Battleground Athletic Complex, where five NCAA National Championship events have been held. An immensely successful broad-based program, UMW prides itself on the achievements and successes of each of its 23 teams, rather than concentrating on a few sports and neglecting others. This philosophy has proven quite attractive to many student-athletes, as 22 of the school’s teams have advanced to NCAA National Tournament action.