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The New Hampshire Wildcats, or 'Cats, are the athletic teams of the University of New Hampshire. The wildcat is the school's official mascot, the colors are UNH Blue and white. There are 21 varsity sports at the University, 25 sport clubs and 23 different Intramural sports. Image File history File links NewH_2864. ... Image File history File links NewH_2864. ... University of New Hampshire (UNH) is a public university in the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). ... The term wildcat or wild cat may refer to several concepts: Wild Cat is a species of cat. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... White is the color of things that reflect light of all parts of the visible spectrum equally and are not dull (see grey). ... In the United States and Canada intramural sports (informally, Intramurals, and more commonly Intramural recreation) refers to games and recreational activities organized within the walls of a school that build upon the skills learned in physical education classes. ...


The men's and women's varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division I level and Division I-AA for football. The Wildcats compete in the America East, Atlantic Ten and Hockey East Conferences. In September 2006, UNH will be in compliance with Title IX for the first time due to four sports being cut and one trimmed in size because of budget constraints. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The America East Conference is a College Athletic Conference whose members are located mainly on the East Coast of the United States. ... The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly in the eastern United States; it also has two member schools in Ohio: Dayton and Xavier, located in Dayton and Cincinnati, respectively. ... Hockey East is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. ... Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (United States), commonly known as Title IX, is a 37-word law enacted on June 23, 1972 that states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or...

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Sports

UNH is a member of the America East Conference for: basketball, cross country, track and field, skiing, soccer, swimming & diving, and tennis; and women's crew, field hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball. They also compete in Hockey East in men's and women's ice hockey, and at the Division I-AA level in the Atlantic Ten Conference for football. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... A cross country race in Minnesota, United States. ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... Bold text Deep powder skiing Alpine skier carving a turn on piste Members of the US Air Force skiing (and snowboarding) at Keystone Resorts 14th Annual SnoFest Skiing is the activity of gliding over snow or water using skis (originally wooden planks, now usually made from fiberglass or related... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Swimming is a technique that humans, and other animals, use to move through water using only movements of the body, for exercise, fun and competition. ... Diving refers to there sport of acrobatically jumping or falling into water. ... A tennis net Tennis is a game played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponents court. ... A crew comprises a body or a class of people who work at a common activity, generally in a structured or hierarchical organization. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men and women in many countries around the world. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that History of volleyball be merged into this article or section. ... Hockey East is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly in the eastern United States; it also has two member schools in Ohio: Dayton and Xavier, located in Dayton and Cincinnati, respectively. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


Former sports

In 1997, the University cut baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, and men's lacrosse from its program.


On January 31, 2006, Athletics Director Marty Scarno announced in the 2006 academic year the University was cutting women's crew, men's swimming & diving, and men's and women's tennis at the varsity level, and trimming the size of the men's ski team from 27 to 12. The reason given was the Athletic Department would save $500,000 towards a $1,000,000 budget shortfall, and be in compliance with Title IX for the first time.


Facilities

The Football team plays on Mooradian Field in Cowell Stadium. Bremer Field is home to both soccer teams. Memorial Field is home to lacrosse and field hockey. Hockey is played in the Towse Rink at the Whittemore Center Arena. The Lundholm Gymnasium is home to basketball, gymnastics, volleyball. Henry C. Swasey Pool is home to the swim teams. The Reggie F. Atkins Track Facility is the site of outdoor track, while the Paul Sweet Oval is home to indoor track. The Lundholm Gym, Paul Sweet Oval and Swazey Pool are all located in the Field House. The Tennis Courts, located next to the Field House, are where the tennis teams compete. Cowell Stadium is a 6,500-seat open-air multi-purpose stadium in Durham, New Hampshire on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. ... Whittemore Center is a 6,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Durham, New Hampshire. ...


Mascot & nickname

The official mascot and nickname is the Wildcats. The Athletic Department holds annual mascot try-outs for selecting male and females to wear the "Wild E. Cat" costume at various sporting events and occational university functions. Those selected as the athletic department's icon are cheerleaders. Wild E. Cat is the recognized name of the human Wildcat mascot for the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. ...


'Wildcats'

The Wildcat became the official college mascot and nickname in February 1926. Students cast their votes using a ballot which appeared in the February 26, 1926, edition of The New Hampshire. The "Durham Bulls," a nickname given to the Hockey team by the local media, was a close runner-up. Other votes for the mascot included a husky, an eagle and even a unicorn. It was argued in an opinion piece in The New Hampshire, in part that: The Wildcat is small and aggressive -- like New Hampshire. The actions of the wildcat are more symbolic of a New Hampshire team on the field than those of the sluggish bull. Furthermore, the actual mascot, if a wildcat, could be more easily transported from place to place than a bull. The New Hampshire, or TNH, is the only student-run newspaper of the University of New Hampshire since 1911. ...


Live mascots

The first live mascot of the University was "Mazie," a cat who was captured by a farmer in Meredith, New Hampshire. Maizie made her first appearance at the 1927 Homecoming game, and died in 1929. The second mascot, "Bozo", was purchased in 1932 but disappeared in Spring 1933. Mazie was the first live Wildcat mascot for the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. ... Meredith is a town located in Belknap County, New Hampshire. ... Bozo was the second live Wildcat mascot for the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. ...


The third cat was purchased in 1934, and was to be named for the first New Hampshire player to score in the game against Maine. Charles scored the first touchdown, but Henry kicked the first field goal; neither name was chosen and the cat was named "Butch III." Butch III lived behind the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house in a cage and was the only mascot to be stolen by a rival school. Butch III was stolen in 1939, a week before a football game against Harvard and just after the Wildcats beat Tufts. There were no claims of responsibility, but the cat was found in a garage in Woburn, Massachusetts with "HARVARD 60, N.H. 0," written on the top of the cage. The University of Maine, established in 1865, is the flagship university of the University of Maine System. ... Butch III was the third live Wildcat mascot for the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. ... ΛΧΑ (Lambda Chi Alpha), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest mens general fraternities in North America with more than 250,000 initiated members and chapters (called Zetas) at more than 300 universities. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Benjamin Thompson House, Woburn, Massachusetts. ...


"Butch IV" was the fourth mascot and was purchased in 1940, but lived only a week. Since 1940, the only live mascot has been "Wild E. Cat," a cheerleader dressed in a wildcat costume. However, in 1970, a fan's pet wildcat appeared at some football games. Butch IV was the fourth live Wildcat mascot for the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. ... Wild E. Cat is the recognized name of the human Wildcat mascot for the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. ...


Official colors

UNH Blue
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #00337F
RGBB (r, g, b) (0, 51, 127)
CMYKH (c, m, y, k) (100, 90, 25, 12)
HSV (h, s, v) (216°, 100%, 50%)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The official colors of the University and used by the athletic teams are UNH Blue and white. UNH Blue is a dark blue matching Pantone color 288. [1] Web colors are colors used in designing web pages, and the methods for describing and specifying those colors. ... The RGB color model is an additive model in which red, green and blue (often used in additive light models) are combined in various ways to reproduce other colors. ... Red may be any of a number of similar colors at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... Green is a color with many different shades, all within a wavelength of roughly 520–570 nm. ... The term Blue may refer any of a number of similar colors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Cyan is a pure spectral color, but the same hue can also be generated by mixing equal amounts of green and blue light. ... Magenta is a color made up of equal parts of red and blue light. ... Yellow is any color of light that stimulates both the red and green cone cells of the retina, but not the blue cone cells. ... Black is not a colour. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... An image with the hue altered The hue of this Painted Bunting is adjusted over the spectrum. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Chromaticity. ... Brightness is an attribute of visual perception in which a source appears to emit a given amount of light. ... White is the color of things that reflect light of all parts of the visible spectrum equally and are not dull (see grey). ... Pantone Inc. ...

External links

  • Official Site
  • UNH Athletics Press Release - UNH Announces Athletic Reorganization - January 31, 2006
  • UNH Museum - The Wildcat Mascot
  • UNH Magazine - Fall 2004, pg 64 (PDF)

 
 

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