Grand Canyon University is the only commercial university participating in the NCAA Division I. Its sports program is called Grand Canyon Antelopes, an abbreviated form that sounds like Lopes. Teams have recently been included in the Western Athletic Conference, only men’s volleyball belongs to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and beach volleyball is not listed in any conference. Until the 1990s, The educational institution was in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, until 2013 – in Division II. In 2017, the NCAA formally confirmed GCU’s transition to Division I.
Meaning and History
The Antelope’s nickname is only reflected in the old emblems of the sports department. And on the logo of 2005-2012. The university’s color palette has been completely recreated: purple, white, and black. In the center of the composition is a silhouette of a running antelope circled in two lines. On the left is a stylized inscription “‘ Lopes,” which is difficult to read due to the specific font.
In 2013-2014 black has become much less. The figure of the animal conveys more dynamics, although the style of drawing has not changed. The team nickname has shifted down and acquired a new legible font. The final version of the logo was presented in 2015. This time, the designers departed from the previous concept: they did not depict a sports mascot, but the abbreviated name Grand Canyon University. The purple letters “GCU” is built in the shape of a mini-arch.
2005 – 2012
2013 – 2014
2015 – present
Grand Canyon Antelopes Basketball
When the men’s team played in the NAIA, she won three association championships. Basketball players were able to participate in the WAC Tournament in 2018, after a four-year trial period. The debut was successful – they reached the finals and won first place.
Grand Canyon Antelopes Baseball
The baseball team appeared in 1953, but only joined Division I in 2018. As of 2020, it has four victories in the NAIA Baseball World Series. The head coach of the players is Andy Stankiewicz.