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The real meaning of a winner

by Anthea Ayebaze | Sep 28, 2016

Each fall, winter and spring, Renée and I host athletic team captains and coaches at Tall Oaks. It’s a chance for us to get to know them and them to get to know each other.

 While athletics at many Division I schools drain resources and give administrators headaches, our athletics program and student-athletes make us a better place.

Earlier this month, we shared time with spring season captains and coaches and asked what has become a standard question: What have you most enjoyed this year? It being a gathering of highly accomplished athletes, you would expect the answers to be all about personal bests or winning seasons. Instead we heard “my January Session Cinema course with Dr. Jonathan Watson” and “the friendships I have across campus” and “watching my teammates improve.”

The day after the gathering, Dylan Burns, a senior golfer, offered an apology for missing the event. He said he had a tutoring appointment. “Being tutored or tutoring?” I asked. “I was tutoring someone,” he said. Not what you would hear from a successful athlete at many institutions, but exactly what I expected Dylan to say.