The Charlotte 49ers is the name for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This consists of sixteen teams (eight for each gender) that compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference of the NCAA's Division I.
The school's official colors are green and white, though black also features prominently in the school's athletic logos and uniforms and gold is prominent in all logos. The nickname 49ers derives from the fact that the Charlotte Center for the University of North Carolina, a night school created to educate returning World War II veterans, was saved from closing in 1949 by Bonnie Cone. The school was rechristened Charlotte College that year and became UNC Charlotte in 1965. The best national finish by a 49ers athletic team is 3rd, accomplished by the men's golf team at the 2007 NCAA Golf Championship.
Even though the university's official name is The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the athletic department opted in 2000 to shorten the university's name to Charlotte for athletics purposes. This decision was prompted by the constant misrepresentations of the school's name in the media at the local and national level.