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In October, 1933 Stanley Woodward of the New York Herald Tribune first uses the phrase "Ivy colleges" in print to describe the eight current Ivy schools (plus Army). In 1945, The first "Ivy Group Agreement" is signed, applying only to football. In February, 1954 The Ivy Presidents extend the Ivy Group Agreement to all intercollegiate sports. Their statement also focuses on presidential governance of the league, the importance of intra-League competition, and a desire that recruited athletes be academically "representative" of each institution’s overall student body. Although this is the League’s official founding date, the first year of competition is 1956-57.

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