The University of the Incarnate Word sponsors twenty-three teams that are part of the Incarnate Word Cardinals division. They participate in the Southland Conference and compete at the Division I level in the NCAA. Sports programs include volleyball, synchronized swimming, softball, soccer, baseball, athletics, tennis, diving, golf, cross-country, and basketball.
Meaning and History
The team’s logo fully depicts the colors of the university (red, black, and white), as well as their mascot – the cardinal bird. Moreover, the last two versions of the emblem differ significantly: if the older one had inscriptions, and the bird was depicted entirely, then the new one contains only the head, which is turned to the right.
1998 – 2010
The logo, adopted at the end of the 20th century, is multi-component. It consists of three elements: a flying red cardinal, the word “Cardinals” with the first letter magnified many times over, and the barely noticeable phrase “UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD” written in small black font below.
2011 – present
Since 2011, the distinctive symbol of Incarnate Word Cardinals is the bird’s head, which looks menacing and always looks to the right.
The head of the cardinal is drawn in a simple style without trying to convey realism. The artists outlined the main outlines, the eye, the beak with wide black lines, and made the free inner space red. This is very different from the 1998-2010 version when the designers had to depict the feathers in the wings and tail in detail.
Incarnate Word Cardinals Basketball Logo
The men’s basketball team joined the Southland Conference and Division I NCAA in 2013. They competed once in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and three times in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Incarnate Word Cardinals Baseball Logo
The varsity baseball team emerged in 1987. Since then, they have tried eight times to qualify for Major League Baseball.