Canisius Golden Griffins
Canisius College (pronounced [kəˈniʃəs]) is a private Catholic college in the North-Central section of Buffalo, New York in the Hamlin Park district. It was founded in 1870 by the Jesuits. It is named for St. Peter Canisius, a Dutch Jesuit of the 16th century, who spent his active life as an apostle to post-Reformation Germany. As of 2007, Canisius has 3,468 undergraduates and 1,389 graduate students. The freshman class of 2010 currently contains 755 students. The 58-acre campus houses 37 buildings. The school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
The Canisius College Golden Griffinss are composed of 16 teams including men's and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and swimming and diving. Men's sports include baseball, ice hockey, and golf. Women's sports include volleyball, synchronized swimming, and softball. The most popular teams are the men's basketball and men's ice hockey teams, both of which engage in heated local rivalries with Niagara University and occasionally compete in their respective NCAA tournaments.
In addition to Division I Varsity sports Canisius offers structured intramuals sports to provide students, faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive and recreational sports activities, students have more than 1,000 students play on over 140 teams, in 17 different men's, women's, and coed activities.