“I think it’s good to have team bonding like pre-season trips or camps that make everyone feel that they’re part of a larger community,” says Athletic Director Mr. Brock Becker.
Since hazing within sports teams has become more prominent in society recently, the Heritage Athletics Department is encouraging more team bonding and less hazing.
Hazing, according to Merriam-webster.com, is defined as the practice of playing unpleasant tricks on someone or forcing someone to do unpleasant things. Typically this is done to initiate new members onto a team or to make freshman teammates “earn their rank.”
Not only has this behavior hurt feelings and made people feel like “lesser” members of the team, but it sometimes has also caused bodily harm and frightening results.
Heritage is trying to promote better team spirit by a bonding style that is positive and encouraging instead of degrading and embarrassing.
An example of this is a pre-season spirit booster of sorts; something to make all participants see the value in the sport and in their overall team. It’s not something that separates athletes into levels of superiority.
The Athletic Department is trying to stress the importance of being part of a program and not necessarily just the “varsity team.”
“In the end we all have one common goal in mind: to represent Heritage, our communities and our families,” says Becker.by
Alpine Club climbs to new heights
Heritage’s Alpine Club has kept busy since the start of the school year, taking their first hike up Goliath Peak on August 25. The kick off hike of the year offered new members a taste of what the club has to offer. Mr. Warren, Heritage Math Teacher, has been sponsoring the club for 18 years.
Track and Field hosts Liberty Bell amid exciting season
Every year around the end of April, Heritage hosts a huge track meet with about 40 schools participating. Organizing the event this year is the head track coach Mr. Tyler Knoblock, from the Physical Education Department.