The soccer team won its game against Christendom College 6 – 0, and the field hockey team won against Notre Dame (MD) 3 -1. As always, if you’re interested in more details about either contest you can find full reports on the Vixen Athletics web site. And, now, parents and grandparents and friends and former players and alumnae and anybody else who’s interested can watch Vixens games streaming live on-line! (You can even watch them on your iPhone while you’re actually standing at the field watching live, as I established yesterday.) If you can’t catch a game on-line live, you can also find videos on the Vixen Athletics YouTube channel so you can keep up with your favorite sport.
It’s always great to see our teams win, of course, but it’s greater by far to see them win by playing well.
Athletics is one of the most visible arenas in which students have an opportunity to develop — and to display — the essential quality Dean Amy called “grit” in her Convocation remarks. As she put it then,
“We want you, as young women going out into this world, to not just be confident, not just be articulate, not just be leaders, but to be women who have a strength of character that in the face of adversity knows how to be tenacious, knows how to stand strong and not give up when faced with a challenge.”
She then invited us to think about all the qualities “grit” could stand for: grace, resiliance, integrity, and tenacity in particular — but also such traits as generosity, resourcefulness, idealism, and thoughtfuness. She framed the ultimate value of an education in terms of the development of such qualities of both mind and character, essential as they are to success of every kind. Yesterday our Vixens showed us what grit looks like on the playing fields.