I look forward to the beginning of fall semester every year. Connecting with returning student-athletes, hearing about their summer experiences and meeting the new group of Bruins is energizing.
As I meet with all our teams at the beginning of their seasons, one of the most important things we talk about is the Bruin history and tradition they share with those student-athletes who went before. Each team has its own way of teaching new players about what it means to be a Bruin and the obligation they have to continue the tradition. Our coaching staff does an outstanding job of sharing that history as well.
In the lobbies of Wheeler Sports Center, I often see our current athletes pausing to read citations from the Hall of Fame display or looking at the trophies from their sport in the awards displays. I want them always to be aware that what they have was built on the hard work and dedication of those who came before.
There are a lot of exciting things happening in Bruin athletics. Phase one of the Austin Sports Complex is complete with a state-of-the-art synthetic soccer/lacrosse field. Women’s lacrosse will become a reality on campus in the spring of 2012, and intercollegiate football is due to start in the fall of 2013. I am excited about the future of Bruin athletics, but also very thankful for all of you who have laid an amazing foundation on which current and future Bruins can build.
This is the first of a quarterly newsletter to keep you informed about Bruin athletics. Please visit the website (gfubruins.com) for updates on all George Fox athletics. I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at one of our sports events soon.
It’s a great day to be a Bruin.