Frozen Fenway – Spirit for Athletics Getting Cold

010814_Groton_BHOK_575.jpgFrozen Fenway was a mixed bag. Our boys played well, but they lost, and the “rink” was pretty cool, but it was freezing. On top of all this the attendance from Groton students was low, especially when in comparison to the representation seen from St. Mark’s. Now the question here is, is that necessarily a bad thing? Our athletic spirit may be dwindling, but that’s not what we, as students, are here for, but it’s also a sign that we may be getting overworked.

Groton isn’t a so-called “jock” school, nor will it ever be. Athletics aren’t our school’s focus, and they shouldn’t be either. This school was built on community and the well-rounded person. We are here to develop ourselves as people who are prepared to take on the world and shape it into a better place for all. Although athletics do add to the multi-faceted education we receive here at Groton the whole point is to leave Groton well rounded.

We, as students, should take pride in this. Groton is not the school for academic grinds or athletic geniuses, but rather Groton is a school for students who can be both on varsity squash and in jazz band.

To all the athletes reading this, please don’t take offence. Sports can be brutal, especially at a school that places such high academic pressures on its students; maybe even too much academic pressure. Athletics teach grit, dedication, and teamwork among many other things, and they definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Sports are a big part of many of our lives, but they shouldn’t consume us.

Disregarding the over prioritization of athletic that happens time to time, the student support at the Frozen Fenway game was still lacking in comparison to what it could have been. Out of a total of roughly 380 students only 172 planned on going, and on top of that not everyone who signed up attended meaning less than half of the school even went.

As I said before, Groton was founded on the principle of community. Now what kind of community are we putting forth if not even half the school can trek to Boston to support our hockey team against St. Marks? Usually school spirit runs high; soccer play offs, field hockey games, and football games all have had pretty good attendance this year. But as the year has worn on the days have gotten shorter. Spirit may be dimming, but simultaneously the work load is increasing.

Winter term has the reputation of being the worst term of the year, and for most of us it is. The days get shorter, everything is always cold, and there seems to be no free time anywhere. Work piles up and leads to less time spent watching and cheering on our fellow students.

School spirit slips away slowly as academic pressures to succeed increase, and as a school Groton must decide whether the additional pressures are worth it. SAT scores may be up but is that worth the cost of having students that are stressed to their limits and can’t attend the optional events Groton puts forth? We aren’t necessarily losing our

Groton may not over invest in athletics but we do take pride in community, weather we win, lose, or tie the least we can do is do it together.

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