Athletics News

Former GW student-athletes gather to celebrate Alumni Weekend

Alumnus Kara Clauss (2012) throws the ceremonial first pitch after a ribbon cutting ceremony for the GW Softball Field.
Sept. 28, 2015

WASHINGTON - One-hundred and fifty-plus former student-athletes were back on campus last weekend as part of George Washington's Alumni Weekend, reuniting with former classmates while attending a number of athletic events and activities.

The highlight of the weekend came on Saturday afternoon, when former student-athletes gathered together at an All-Athletics Alumni reception, where Director of Athletics Patrick Nero thanked them for their passion and pride that has helped GW Athletics see vast growth over the past several years. At the event, GW announced the eight individual inductees plus one team that will comprise the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Another hallmark of the weekend was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished softball field on the Mount Vernon Campus. Alumni, parents, current student-athletes and coaches were all on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the new Field Turf synthetic turf in the outfield and foul territories with a bold "GW" logo in center field. Improvements were also made to the infield and home and visitor bullpens.

After the ribbon cutting, the softball team took on Georgetown in one of many competitions involving GW teams over the weekend. Alumni watched matches for the men's soccer team, volleyball, rowing and water polo.

Other official weekend events involving the alumni student-athletes included a pregame tailgate prior to the current volleyball team's game, a swimming and diving banquet and alumni meet, an alumni "fun run" with the GW cross country team, a tennis round robin, men's and women's alumni soccer match, a 50th anniversary reception for the men's soccer team, a sailing team regatta on the Potomac, the fourth 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.