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This past weekend was Homecoming at William & Mary, my alma mater. Initially, I didn’t have plans to attend, but when I heard a couple of old friends would be returning, I decided to swing down on Sunday for a visit.
I went on Sunday because I wanted to see the alumni ultimate frisbee game — ultimate with the club sport I played when I was in school and it’s always a fun game where the current squad plays against the old timers. (The women’s alumni game was on Saturday, but unfortunately, I couldn’t get down then).
I only knew a handful of folks and I was the oldest alum there (!). Still, it was great to see old friends and see the sport I loved thriving with the younger generation.
Here’s a few pics from the game:
I snapped this photo early, in part because I didn’t think Frankie would get it, but sure enough, Frankie Rho (class of ’96), boxed out two taller defenders (15+ years his junior!), caught this disc, and threw for the score. Go alumni!
Here’s another great alumni catch — two alums (in green) went up for the disc and beat out an underclassman for the score (sorry I don’t know the names).
Another alumni score (this time I was late on the snap).
I took these photos to show off the alumni talents, but I have to say, the current squad is fast and impressive. Way more athletic and talented than we were. They easily beat the alumni, but everyone had a great time playing (or spectating).
After the game, there was great camaraderie as all the guys circled up and played the “Look Up Look Down” game.
Then the alumni/current team photo. I was an honorary member as when I first started playing, there was no women’s team and I often played with the guys!
Another shot with some alumni friends — Barry, Dan, Frankie, & Tracy.
In addition to the alumni game, one of the reasons I wanted to go visit was to take my daughter and show her the campus. At age 7, she may be a little young to be thinking about college, but I wanted to share with her the place I spent four wonderful years and made great friendships.
Of course we checked out Crim Dell.
She wasn’t terribly impressed when I told her it used to be considered one of the most romantic spots on college campuses nationwide. But she did have fun throwing rocks off the bridge and using a stick to try and measure how deep the water was.
It was a beautiful fall day and a I had a great time visiting campus and seeing some old friends. I loved my time at William & Mary and hope that some day, my kids will have a chance to make college memories as well.