George Washington University to stop using 'Colonials' name by 2023-24

Jun 15, 2022

The George Washington University will stop using the name "Colonials" for its teams by the 2023-24 academic year, the school announced Wednesday

The Colonials name has been criticized in the past for its association with colonialism, which is defined as domination of a people or area by a foreign state or nation, occupying it with settlers and exploiting it through economic means.

Officials at the Washington D.C. university said that the nickname has divided the community and “no longer serve its purpose as a name that unifies."

The name change was part of a reexamination effort to look at other campus buildings or monikers that may offend.

Source: USA TODAY Sports
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