No fan's land

March 5, 2009, midnight | By Susie Branson | 15 years, 2 months ago

Three, two, one - BEEP. The gym erupts with victorious cheers as the stands struggle under the weight of jumping fans who are supporting their fellow classmates and school. Or at least, it should have.

Attendance at sports events has been lacking, including at a recent girls' basketball game. Photo courtesy of Xin Shan.

As the varsity boys' basketball team celebrated their win against the Gaithersburg Trojans on a memorable senior night, their efforts went virtually unheard as students and teachers yet again found excuses to not come and support their teams and to say farewell to the hardworking senior players. The same was true for the girls' basketball team during several of their games.

Unfortunately, lack of attendance is a common occurrence at Blair's sporting events. Throughout the seasons, Blair's large, inviting stands are a vision of disappointment as the empty benches are a constant reminder to players and coaches that their hard work and practice is not receiving the proper recognition it deserves.

I completely understand and can relate to hectic schedules as students and teachers try to balance school, homework, extracurriculars, outside jobs and other responsibilities. But I also know everyone needs a break. So instead of taking that time zoning out in front of a mindless television or video game, grab a few other friends and support your school!

You don't have to be a cheerleader to start some energizing chants; the whole point is to just get out there and have fun. Whether you dress in red, bring pom-poms or just come as you are, your presence will always be appreciated by the players and the fans. The more people at a game, the more fun for both you and the players!

With your student ID, entrance to school events is a mere $3. I can handle missing games trying to juggle all of the events in life, but I find it hard to believe that you can't come up with a measly three dollars to come and support your friends. If necessary, have a friend lend you some money, wear a sign outside the gates or dance for the dough!

It's so important for the players to feel the support and encouragement of their peers, especially when they're having a hard season or playing a tough team. That being said, don't wait for one of Blair's teams to make it to states to attend your first game. Support all teams, whether they are enjoying a winning streak or enduring a particularly rough season.

Blair teams work relentlessly hard both in and out of practice to perform to the best of their abilities, and try to represent our school in the best light. Thank you to the few loyal fans and loving parents who take time out of their day to appreciate their friend's and family's achievements. For the rest of us, the least we can do to applaud our athletes' performances and efforts is to attend some of their games once in awhile. So get out there and get your cheer on, Blazers!

Susie Branson. Key facts of Susie Branson: she's a junior in CAP, her favorite food is peanut butter, she plays soccer and lacrosse, she can't stand talking on the phone, loves country music, and her favorite ice cream is Phish Food. She is way too competitive for … More »

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