Rice University Owls
Rice is a private, independent university occupying a 285-acre campus near Houston, Texas.
The academic seal of Rice University includes the Owls of Athena - symbolic of wisdom - for the charges. The Athenian owls on the Rice seal were patterned after a design found on a small, silver tetradrachmenon coin dating from the middle of the fifth century B.C. The Owls of Athena are Little Owls (Athene noctua), a Eurasian species.
When athletic activities began at the Rice Institute in 1912, the teams adopted as their mascot the owl from the Rice seal, although the sports emblem was updated to depict a North American Species, The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). Over the years, Rice's various mascots have included students dressed in owl costumes, live Great Horned Owls, and large owl statues of fiberglass and of canvas.
The university offers the following sports for women:
And for men, there's Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, and Track & Field.
University website: http://www.rice.edu
Rice Owls Sports program website: http://www.riceowls.com
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