There are many groups and organizations that a student can get involved in. You could join in one of 31 sororities and fraternities, Habitat for Humanity, Ibis Yearbook, the school's television station UMTV, the school newspaper "The Miami Hurricane," Iron Arrow Honor Society, Mortar Board, Order of Omega, or the school radio station WVUM. These are just a few of the extracurricular activities offered.
If Athletics is your thing, the Miami Hurricanes
has plenty to offer with 15 athletic teams. The athletic teams are: women's and men's basketball, women's and men's cross country, women's and men's tennis, women's and men's diving, women's and men's track and field, baseball, football, women's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, and volleyball. The Hurricanes football team has been national champions five times, and the baseball team has won national champions four times. The football team was the first in the South to offer a scholarship to an African American football player, Ray Bellamy. Currently the coach of the football team is Al Golden. The coach of the baseball team is Jim Morris.
The Mascot, for most of the sports, is Sebastian the Ibis. An Ibis is a white marsh bird that supposedly does not fret when hurricanes are coming because it can sense danger. Only if danger is close by does it take shelter. You can find Sebastian on the sidelines of the football games making the popular "U" symbol with his hands. Although Sebastian the Ibis is the mascot, they are called the Miami Hurricanes. The Miami Maniac, a crazy looking orange and green creature, is the mascot for the baseball games. The colors are orange
, green, and white. Sports fans will not be caught at a game day event without sporting the colors of "THE U." Going to football games tailgating is amongst the major traditions of the school. When attending the tailgate on a lovely Saturday morning or afternoon, ladies will be in cute day dresses and outfits in the colors of orange, white, or green or a combination of the three.
When watching the football team, you are more than likely watching some football stars in the making! Lots of the football players go on to play for National Football League teams. Ray Lewis, now plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens with his former Miami teammate, Ed Reed who plays Safety. Michael Irving, who played receiver at "The U," went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys and now is in the NFL Hall of Fame. Warren Sapp who works at the NFL Network, played defensive line for the Hurricanes and went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. These are just a few of the famous NFL players that attended "The U." The University of Miami Hurricanes
have weathered the storms and has come out on top!