Bradley Braves is the name of 15 university sports teams (7 male and eight female) who are part of Bradley University, located in Peoria, Illinois. The head of the department is Chris Reynolds. The University athletes represent several popular disciplines: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, Athletics, and more. The teams are members of NCAA Division I and compete at the Missouri Valley Conference.
Almost immediately after its opening (in 1879), the university formed its first football and baseball teams. It happened in 1898. After four years, a basketball team appeared, which became the most successful of all. It won four times in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and two times in NCAA and NIT tournaments. Kaboom the Gargoyle is the mascot of the Bradliv athletes.
Meaning and History
The logo of the late 80s has only one basic element – the name of the sports department, divided into two parts. The first one is the background, in the form of two large red letters, “BU.” This is an abbreviation of the word combination “Bradley University.” The second is the white italic word “Braves,” which means the teams themselves. All have black shadows that create a 3D effect – volumetric and expressive. In this form, the logo existed until 2011.
1989 – 2011
2012 – today
In 2012, there was a redesign, which resulted in a minimalistic red and white logo. It has only two details: the letter “B” in the center of the shield, reminiscent of a chevron, and the inscription “Bradley,” located below. The font is slightly rounded, upper case, with serifs.