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Ivy League School History

Ivy League schools have a long and storied history in the world of sports. These elite universities have been at the forefront of collegiate athletics since their inception, producing some of the greatest athletes in history. With eight members – Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Princeton University, The University Ivy League is among college sports’ most prestigious conferences.

The origins of Ivy League athletics date back to 1852 when Yale and Harvard competed against each other for what was then known as “The Game”—the first intercollegiate football game ever played between two American colleges or universities. This rivalry has endured over time and continues to this day, with both teams competing annually for The Game Trophy, which goes to the winner each year since its inception in 1875.
In addition to football, many other popular collegiate sports such as basketball (which began at Princeton ), baseball (at Harvard ), hockey(at Cornell ), lacrosse (at Dartmouth), rowing(originated at Oxford but was adopted by all Ivies), soccer(Columbia ), squash (Harvard) swimming & diving(Yale), tennis& volleyball are partaking by ivy league schools today.

Over time, these athletic programs grew more competitive until 1936, when they officially formed an athletic conference called “The Intercollegiate Athletic Association Of The United States Of America,” later known as “The Ivy League." As a result, all eight member institutions now compete together under this banner within various NCAA divisions across multiple men's & women's varsity sports disciplines with varying levels of success achieved throughout its rich tradition that spans nearly 170 years!

Brown Bears Primary Logo 2022 - Present

Brown Bears

Established: 1764
NCAA Championships: 0

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Columbia Lions Primary Logo 2006 - Present

Columbia Lions

Established: 1754
NCAA Championships: 5

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Cornell Big Red Primary Logo 2002 - Present

Cornell Big Red

Established: 1865
NCAA Championships: 0

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Dartmouth Big Green Primary Logo 2019 - Present

Dartmouth Big Green

Established: 1769
NCAA Championships: 0

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Harvard Crimson Primary Logo 2020 - Present

Harvard Crimson

Established: 1650
NCAA Championships: 0

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Penn Quakers Primary Logo 2017 - Present

Penn Quakers

Established: 1755
NCAA Championships: 0

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Princeton Tigers Primary Logo 2004 - Present

Princeton Tigers

Established: 1747
NCAA Championships: 0

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Yale Bulldogs Primary Logo 2019 - Present

Yale Bulldogs

Established: 1701
NCAA Championships: 0

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