GW Athletics Alumni Haven't Lost That Lovin' Feelin' for GW
Former Student-Athletes Remake Their GW Experience in Weekend-Long Events
Hall and Oates may have opened GW's 2014 Alumni Weekend with a rousing start, but for GW Athletics it was the 150+ former student-athletes back on campus for an encore that stole the show.
On the final weekend of summer before the seasonal calendar officially turned to fall, student-athlete alumni were greeted with picture-perfect weather and an even better experience reuniting with classmates and meeting the current generation of GW student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
At a Saturday afternoon All-Athletics Alumni reception, Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero remarked that just by being there, the returning alumni were showing the pride and passion for the Buff and Blue that has helped catapult many of GW's 27 intercollegiate teams into national prominence in the last several years.
Across the programs, men's and women's cross country/track alumni met for a Friday Happy Hour, as did men's and women's water polo. Those programs also threw it back to their collegiate days with friendly yet spirited alumni competitions on Saturday.
Other official weekend events involving the returning student-athletes included a golf tournament in which alumni were paired with current GW golfers, men's and women's soccer alumni games on the Vern and a pregame tailgate prior to the current GW men's team's game, a sailing team regatta on the Potomac, the third annual Gymnastics Career Initiative where gymnastics alumna discussed their careers with present-day GW gymnasts, and a slow-pitch softball game of alumna versus current GW softball players.
"It was great to see so many alumni from different teams and different eras all come back for Alumni Weekend," said Associate Director of Athletic Alumni Programs Scott Allen. "Our numbers have grown each of the last few years and we hope to see even more Colonials back in 2015."