Young Alumni Weekend

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By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director

Last weekend, Washington and Lee hosted its young alumni classes as part of the Young Alumni/Homecoming event.  As usual, it was a busy time for the sports information crew as homecoming is the one time more than any other that our teams wish to play at home and this always makes it a busy weekend.

The homecoming court and their escorts

This past Saturday, we hosted two soccer games, a field hockey game and of course, a football game.  Naturally it kept us hopping and things went about as smoothly as they could have possibly gone from our perspective.  All in all, when I got home following the football game on Saturday evening, I called the weekend a success.  It wasn’t until later that I began to think otherwise.

Sunday was a cold and rainy day and I was more than happy to just sit at home in sweats as my wife and I tried to nurse Parker back to health after he contracted a double-ear infection and respiratory infection last week.  Naturally I figured it was a good time to check Facebook and see what was going on in the world.  I saw tons of pictures from former W&L athletes who were back in Lexington for young alumni weekend and my perspective began to change.  This year was the 10-year reunion for the class of 2002, which was a special class to me.  We all came to Lexington together – their freshman year was my first as SID at W&L and I became tight with numerous students from that time period.

As I saw their pictures, I began to reminisce about the old days and wished that I had the time to see them and catch up.  Sadly, I didn’t chat with a single alum all weekend and the pictures were all the evidence I needed to be reminded of that fact. Now that I live in Waynesboro (a 45-minute drive from Lex Vegas), it’s not as easy to meet old friends for a drink in town and working the games on Saturday sadly doesn’t leave much time to catch up when I am here.

So, even though I missed so many of you this weekend, I wanted to say thanks to all those that traveled near and far to come back to W&L and I promise to make a better effort to catch up when next you are here.

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