Grambling State University’s sports teams are called Grambling State Tigers, play at Division I level in the NCAA, and are part of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Department of Athletics sponsors sports like volleyball, bowling, tennis, soccer, golf, softball, athletics, baseball, basketball, and American football. The main colors of the university are black and golden. They are complemented by red, which symbolizes the blood of African Americans. The official mascot is the tiger. The word Tigers is used as a nickname, although male athletes are often called G-Men.
Meaning and History
1956-1964 years – the era of the cartoon emblem with a painted tiger. He occupied a place of honor as the main symbol of the institution. Moreover, it was an anthropomorphic image: an animal dressed in a black sweater with the letter “G” stood on its hind legs, and in the front held an orange flag with the inscription “Grambling.” In 1965, the logo developers decided to remove the traditional talisman. They replaced it with a large black “G” in a yellow ellipse. The current version was used until 1996, inclusive.
The logo redesign in 1997 brought minor changes that affected only the design details. The colors became more saturated, and a wide black outline appeared along the edge of the geometric figure. What is noteworthy, this version is an almost exact copy of the Georgia Bulldogs logo.
1956 – 1964
1965 – 1996
1997 – today
Grambling State Tigers Basketball
In 1961, the men’s team became the first and only in the state to take first place in the NAIA national basketball championship. A little later, the team entered the NAIA Final Four and played at the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The women’s team has six NCAA Tournament matches at Division I.
Grambling State Tigers Baseball
The Grambling State University baseball team appeared in 1936. James Cooper now coaches it. Home games take place at Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Park and Wilbert Ellis Field.