Sharing Pride


By: Jan Hathorn
Athletic Director

“Come cheer for Washington and Lee…”.  So goes the first line of the W&L Swing, our University’s fight song.  And this past Friday and Saturday the W&L community did just that, cheered on the Generals, in a big way.

On Friday, many of you came to Doremus Gymnasium to help the SAAC and SAMs fill boxes to send to our troops in Afghanistan.  We had a fantastic turnout from our students, faculty, and staff, as well as many in our community.  Thanks to Rolf Piranian, Brooke Diamond, the W&L SAAC and SAMs, Eddie Irvine and his crew, Carolyne Mayo, Emily Nicely and to all the many businesses who donated items to help us put the care packages together. It was a great example of the sense of community we share on our campus and a tribute to the heart of that community.  Many thanks to all who attended, for your presence was a way of cheering on our student-athletes efforts to reach out and serve the greater community beyond this campus and the city of Lexington.

On Saturday, our women’s soccer team played host to the first- and second-round matches of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship tournament and their first-round match vs. Christopher Newport was well attended.  To my knowledge, approximately 400 spectators paid admission to the contest, and when you factor in all the student workers and event support staff, it’s safe to say the crowd was nearly 425 strong.  What a fantastic atmosphere for the team and our school.  Many thanks to Shana Levine, Dan Roland, Mike Mayo, Jon Irish, Charlie Updike, Tommy Mays, Baner, Debbie Brown, Eddie Irvine, Carolyne Mayo, the women’s field hockey team, Campus Security, Mike Ginder, the Sports Information Office, the Athletic Trainers.  (If I have inadvertently left off your name, in either instance, please know we are grateful to you for your help).  Another shining example of the beauty of teamwork and support.

And to the fans: thank you for cheering on our teams, your friends and your peers. Your cheering really does make a difference – a difference that is hard to quantify but that every athlete can tell you is meaningful and appreciated. On their behalf, I want you to know how grateful we are of your support and are hopeful you’ll continue to “Come cheer for Washington and Lee…”.


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