KINGSWOOD senior student-athletes pose for a photo after receiving Knight pins from the Kingswood Alumni Association. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
November 05, 2012WOLFEBORO — Kelly (Ramsey) Pollini remembers her days as a high school athlete fondly.
And one of those memories was the full student-athlete population of the school getting together at the conclusion of each season for a special dinner.
So, the sports committee of the Kingswood Alumni Association worked to bring that tradition back and the first step in that direction was held on Friday, Nov. 2, in the Kingswood cafeteria.
"When I went to school here, we did this as a full group," she said. "It's nice to get the whole group in one place.
"We want to bring back the sense of one community," she continued.
The Kingswood Alumni Association organized the dinner, but for this first one, it was the student-athletes and their parents who helped to make it happen. Each team was responsible for a certain portion of the dinner.
"Every team brought in part of the dinner," Pollini said. "And then the alumni committee and the parents did the work."
Students and coaches (and one member of the local media) enjoyed spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, salad and cake as a large group, with all of the high school teams being represented.
"It's a great idea," said Kingswood Athletic Director Andrea Ogden, who helped serve the meal from behind the counter. "Kudos to the Alumni Association and to the parents who helped out."
After the student-athletes had enjoyed their meal, the seniors in the group were honored with a presentation of a Knight pin from the Kingswood Alumni Association.
As the evening came to an end and many of the teams moved on to individual sports awards ceremonies, there was already talk of how to improve on the event for the next season.
"As we learn how to do this, we'll incorporate new things," Pollini said. "It's great that people have come back to us with feedback."
She noted that even before the event occurred, there were coaches and players offering their tips on what might work or what they might like to see.
In addition to the food and the pin presentation, there was an ongoing slide show of images from the fall sports season, as parents and coaches recruited pictures of their athletes to include in the presentation.
"We wanted them to be able to hang out with the other teams and their friends," Pollini said.
Members of the Alumni Association and the parents of the student-athletes did all the work, cooking and serving the food, washing the dishes and helping to clean the cafeteria at the end of the evening.
With the first event in the books and everyone going away happy, the event was deemed a success and future plans were already being discussed.
"As far as I'm concerned, it was very successful," said Ogden, estimating that there was anywhere from 150 to 200 people in attendance.
With fall sports in the books, the winter sports season is just around the corner. The first official practices of the season are Nov. 19.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126