We’re Better Together

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By: Jan Hathorn
Athletic Director

I suspect that those who read this blog are fans of W&L athletics and, potentially, are as excited about the upcoming fall season as I am.  I’ve been watching the fall teams practice, listening to the coaches talk about their approaching seasons and experiencing the excitement as we build up to our opening weekend. It’s hard not to catch the fever.

One of the things I love most about athletics is the aspect of team.  It’s inescapable how important being a team is to the success of a sport.  And it is one of the most invaluable parts of a collegiate athletic experience, because when a team really comes together and functions as a true unit, there are very few things in this world that surpass the beauty and meaning of how this feels.  You are never the same after you experience team in this way, which is the drug of sport; you just can’t get enough of this kind of amazing experience. Anyone who has lived this knows exactly what I’m talking about and is probably nodding their head in agreement because you know all too well that you were changed as a person because of your team experiences.  And I’ll venture to guess that  you have used those experiences over and over in your life ever since, and in the end, these experiences transcend most anything else you have ever done.

It is my hope and prayer that this athletic department measures up to the standards of team that we expect of our student athletes, and, therefore, by extension, affords our students every opportunity to experience team in this way. Being part of something greater than yourself, working toward a common goal, and serving the needs of others while achieving the team’s and your own dreams, is a priceless endeavor that should be a fundamental reason for why we “do” sport. Where, if not in collegiate athletics, can a student experience something this meaningful and essential to their growth as a person and a member of our society?

So, our pledge to our student athletes is that we will work our hardest, day in and day out, to assure them the opportunity to experience team in a way they never have before. And in the end, it is our desire that they walk away knowing what I know to be true: we’re better together… we’re better when we’re a team.

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