Mission Statement: To positively encourage and increase student support of all VCU Varsity sports, with an emphasis on Men's Basketball.
Who We Are:
The Rowdy Rams are VCU's student athletic support organization. We strive to meet as many new people as possible each year, and get them involved with supporting our excellent athletic teams. Student involvement ranges from contributing to exhilarating game day atmosphere, bus trips to away games, organization of fundraisers, and having an amazing time at every single event. The students at VCU contribute in a huge way to the amazing home court advantage that the Siegel Center has, and the Rowdy Rams want to keep taking that support in a positive direction. The group has been involved in many events around campus, including the sponsorship of the 2010 Homecoming King, Jim Thompson. Every student with a passion to cheer and support their great university is welcome and encouraged to sign up and become a part of the "6th Man" that is the Rowdy Rams!
In the 2002-2003 season, a group of VCU pep band members and other students started working together. They coordinated cheering and even made some road trips together to support the men’s basketball team on the road. They sat together next to the pep band, right by the opponents’ bench to better heckle visiting teams. Attendance was not nearly as high as it is now, and a small group could be heard throughout the Siegel Center most games.
The following season, the 2003-2004 campaign, became a major turning point in recent VCU basketball history. The Rams, behind the leadership of Coach Jeff Capel and All-CAA guard Dominic Jones, won the CAA tournament for the first time in nearly a decade. With winning came fans, and the Siegel Center was now the place to be on game nights. Throughout that season, that same group of students had been getting more organized. Wanting to capitalize on the success of the season, they approached the Athletic Department and SGA about organizing an official student fan section. Their goals were to increase student attendance at home games, encouraging school spirit and making busses available to take students to away games.
They decided to call themselves the “Rowdy Rams,” which unbeknownst to them at the time was the name of a similar group of students dating back to the 1983 season. The upstart group procured funding from the SGA, got sponsored by the Athletic Department and started planning for their first SOVO fair. The original group grew to a steering committee of about 10 guys who developed the first iconic Rowdy Ram shirt. They held interest meetings and signed up dozens of fans who wanted to come and cheer for the Rams. They even got to drive the AD’s golf cart around with a bullhorn advertising games. The Rowdy Rams made road trips to JMU, ODU, and as far away as Drexel during the 2004-2005 season.
Since then the Rowdy Rams have expanded to encourage fan participation in all VCU sports. They have followed the Rams to seven men’s NCAA basketball tournaments (2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and witnessed the famous Eric Maynor-led upset of Duke and arguably the most incredible tournament run in history, going from the First Four opening round in Dayton all the way to the Final Four in Houston, toppling USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas along the way. In 2012, they witnessed the #12 seeded Rams take down #5 seed Wichita State, and play #4 seed Indiana to a last second shot for a chance to win. They still maintain their spots in each end zone of the Stu, helping make the Siegel Center one of the most difficult places to play in the country.
Membership figures have exploded, from about 250 in 2010-2011, to 1,100 in 2011-2012, and now soaring to 1,500 in 2012-2013, selling out all available memberships in just one week! Most recently in 2013-14, memberships sold out all 1500 spots in an incredible 7 hours!!!
The 2012-2013 Rowdy Rams won the prestigious 2013 Naismith Group Student Section of the Year award through fan voting, video and essay submissions, and a rigorous grading system from the Naismith group in the final round.