On August 16, nearly two hundred varsity student athletes arrived at George School to begin an intense two weeks of workouts, scrimmages, and teambuilding during the first preseason since 2019. Participating teams included Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, Equestrian, Girls’ Tennis, and Girls’ Volleyball.
“Although one of the most humid and hottest yet, preseason was once again a huge success for George School athletics,” said Varsity Field Hockey Coach and Director of Athletic Operations, Nancy Bernardini. “Preseason is a chance for teams to come together and bond, develop their skills, understand game concepts, improve individually and collectively as a team, and get in shape.”
In addition to practices, students also attended evening events including a discussion with coaches Keith Williard and Fitness Center Director, Elena Harris, who spoke about their different experience, both on and off the field. Director of Athletics and Recreation Kurt Ruch also spoke to students about playing sports in college and the path to becoming a college athlete.
“It’s intense, yet fun,” Nancy said. “Preseason really tests our student-athletes and pushes them to improve physically, emotionally, and mentally. Having two weeks before our start of the season really puts us ahead of a lot of schools and helps both our varsity and junior varsity programs. It is a huge time commitment for our athletes and coaches, and I want to thank everyone for putting the time and energy into making the 2021 preseason a true success. Now onward to the season! Go Cougars!”
We look forward to cheering our students on and seeing what 2021 has in store for George School Athletics!