At play

Sports and exercise, play and competition have been a part of campus life since almost the beginning. UNCG joined the NCAA in 1966, and has been a Division I university since 1992. Whether pick-up games, intramurals or club sports – or big games at the stadiums or coliseum – it’s all about fitness and the drive to excel.

Principal’s A game

Angela Polk-Jones ’89, ’07 MA led Spartan Basketball to the 1988 Div. III Final Four. The All-American saw her No. 34 jersey retired – a Spartan first. Today, she is founding principal of UNCG Middle College, which prepares kids for health and science careers. She remembers how the School of Education and UNCG Athletics prepared her for her own career. “I grew up in the projects, in a single-parent home, with seven siblings,” she said. UNCG opened up new worlds for her. Today, she’s doing the same for her students.

photo of Angela Polk-Jones ’89, ’07 MA, interacting with students

Angela Polk-Jones ’89, ’07 MA

Did You Know?

The Spartan was officially adopted by the athletic teams in 1967. In 2011, students chose a name: Spiro.

image of Spiro, the UNCG Spartans mascot
a vintage photo of women playing softball from Play Day 1956

PLAY DAY brought women from other schools to campus for games. This was Play Day 1956.

Beating Furman in the SoCon Tournament Final my freshman year remains a highlight very close to my heart.

Staying in shape in 1892

Phoebe Pegram arrived at the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) in 1892. She studied “physical culture.” When she came back to campus in 1952 for a class reunion, she showed off her mastery of the Indian clubs. She’s wearing the wool bloomers used in the physical culture classes when she was a student and teacher.