Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 14:47:54 -0500 From: Jerry Miller Subject: Re: Hoya Tom Creswell asked: >Can anyone tell me why the Georgetown U. athletic teams are called the Hoyas? >As far as I can tell, hoya is the name of a plant species--a strange name to >apply to an athletic team. > Tom: I researched this years ago for an article on strange team nicknames (and don't have the material in front of me). As I recall, it comes from a Latin phrase, "Hoya saxa," which translates "what rocks." How Georgetown came to derive a team nickname from that escapes me (and maybe them, too). Jerry Miller