Athletics Alums Return to #RaiseHigh During 2013 Alumni Weekend
Hundreds of Former Student-Athletes Enjoy Events With GW Athletics and Former Teams
Oct. 2, 2013
More than 2,100 alumni returned to the George Washington University to attend this year's Alumni Weekend, a group that included hundreds of former student-athletes who once proudly donned the Buff & Blue. Alums from all 23 varsity teams descended on Foggy Bottom for the opportunity to reunite with former teammates and staff as well as to meet the current student-athletes at GW who Raise High in their footsteps.
The highlight of the weekend in Athletics was Saturday night's All-Athletics Reception at the Smith Center in which the 2014 George Washington Athletic Hall of Fame Class was revealed, but many programs hosted smaller gatherings for alums of their sport as well.
- The men's and women's cross country teams hosted an Alumni Fun Run, where past harriers enjoyed the spectacular sights and running routes that GW has to offer. The team also hosted a happy hour gathering.
- In golf, 15 alumni made the trip to Mitchellville, Md., for alumni matches at The Country Club at Woodmore, one of Golf Digest's Top 10 Courses in Maryland and the new home for the golf program. The alumni in attendance played fourball matches with current GW golfers and first-year head coach Chuck Scheinost, who stressed to the group to stay connected with the program.
- GW Gymnastics held its Second Annual Career Panel, which featured gymnastics alumnae returning to the Smith Center to answer questions and give advice to current student-athletes about life after college.
- The lacrosse team held a game on Saturday which pitted alumni versus current Colonials players. While the current team defeated the alumni team on the field, everyone was a winner at the post-game tailgate on the Mount Vernon Campus.
- Women's rowing alumnae gathered at Sequoia along the Washington Harbor waterfront to swap old stories about rowing for the Buff & Blue. The alumnae then watched the current student-athletes compete in the Head of the Potomac, the Colonials' first fall race of the 2013-14 season.
- Eight sailing alums raced in the inaugural alumni regatta on the Potomac, four of whom were recent grads while the other four were a part of GW Sailing's roots as a club team in the mid-2000s. Current student-athletes were on hand to assist and mingle with those that paved the waterway.
- GW's women's soccer squad caught up with alums at the GW Soccer Field on Saturday then cheered as the alumni played against one another in a match. Following the game, the women's soccer coaching staff held a social gathering for the alumni at F Street Bistro in Foggy Bottom.
- In softball, current student-athletes faced off against alumnae in the program's inaugural alumnae game on Saturday. Jackie Yaniga '08 was the MVP as the teams tied, 7-7. Following the game, there was a social at GW Softball Field for the alumnae and their parents. On Sunday, alumnae and their parents came out for the Colonials' fall games against Georgetown and Mount St. Mary's and stayed for a post-game cookout.
- The GW Squash program held its first-ever Alumni Tournament at the Matthew J. Grossman Squash Courts where current varsity members and alumni played in singles and mixed doubles tournaments. The squash teams also hosted an Alumni Reception at the Smith Center's Champions Club.
- The swimming program held its annual Buff & Blue meet in the Charles E. Smith Center Pool in which current Colonials swimmers competed against each other while alumni cheered them on. The Buff team won, and following the meet everyone retreated to the Champions Club for a reception to catch up and enjoy refreshments.
- The men's and women's tennis programs welcomed alumni back to the Mount Vernon Campus on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, to hit around with current players at the newly renovated GW Tennis Center.
- Volleyball alumnae participated in an Alumnae Match versus the current GW roster and were honored the following day during the Colonials' match against Towson.
- Last, but far from least, the No. 17 nationally ranked GW men's water polo team hosted a barbecue with its alumni at Anniversary Park. On Saturday, the 21st century alumni took on the 20th century alumni in the annual alumni game, which ended in a 13-13 tie, and many came back in the evening to cheer on the current Colonials as they defeated rival Johns Hopkins in a thrilling 13-11 contest.
In a weekend that merged GW Athletics' storied past with its proud present and bright future, a new standard for alumni outreach was set and the bar was raised even higher for Alumni Weekend '14.