Photo Essay: A Team Culture Captured

May 16, 2017

With a roster that featured 11 freshmen, the George Washington Lacrosse team began its preparations for the 2016-17 season by doing more than just running drills, lifting weights, and watching film. Instead, the team focused on defining their identity. To figure out what this meant, each player began by reading Jon Gordon’s “The Hard Hat,” a true story about the life of George Boiardi, a Cornell lacrosse player who tragically lost his life playing the game he loved in 2004. The book examines Boiardi’s life as a transcendent teammate and leader, outlining the 21 lessons players can follow to build a strong team culture. With Boiardi’s story in mind, the team sat down and defined their team culture by brainstorming a list of characteristics that they wanted to implement into their lives both on and off the field. At the end of their discussion, the team’s defining motto for the 2016-17 season became, “leave the program better than you found it.”

Jack Borowiak, a freshman in GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design majoring in photojournalism, sought out to capture the development of this team culture throughout the season. Using the team’s characteristics as his guide, Jack attended practices, games, and followed student-athletes into the classroom. His photo story outlines the team’s journey to create a team culture that goes further than the field, demonstrating how even in a tough season, a new identity can make a team stronger and better than they found it.

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