(First time blogger — I’m not going to lie, i’m a little nervous!)
I don’t know if you’ve heard but the division 3 Fontbonne Men’s basketball team just defeated the SLIAC #1 ranked team in Spalding University for the first time in program history! Both teams fought hard the entire game but the Griffins came out with the WIN to continue their hunt for a spot in the SLIAC Conference Tournament. Go Griffins!
Here at Fontbonne there are 18 different sports teams. These teams occupy 8 different sports for men and women but also includes a men’s lacrosse team and women’s dance team; our very own “Golden Girls.”
As a transfer and a member of the men’s basketball team, I am able to see the athletics of Fontbonne with a different perspective than a student who has been here their whole college career. For those of you looking to play sports, I can honestly say one thing; this is NOT a Division 1 school. If you are looking for a Division 1 atmosphere with 12,000 fans at every game, do not come to Fontbonne. However, there is a certain beauty to the atmosphere here at Fontbonne. If you are looking for a group of coaches that cares about your performance in the classroom as well as on the field, to help you grow as a athlete but also as a young man or young lady, come to Fontbonne. If you are searching for a student body who knows you by name or a student body who is outgoing, brave, and proud enough to cheer for you at every single game, come to Fontbonne. If you just want to branch out or try something new by playing a sport, come to Fontbonne. Fontbonne has employed an outstanding group of coaches who will welcome you with open arms and open ears to make your choice worth while. I receive a large amount of support from the campus, family, friends, and through the FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board) with promotional games like “where’s waldo” or “coaches for cancer” which is something that will not only be absent in most Division 1 schools but most Division 3 schools as well.
For me, each and every day is a grind. I am not only grinding to better myself in basketball but I am literally grinding my body away in my 4th season of college athletics. How do I do it!? I am thankful to have an incredible training staff who is there to help me when I get bumps and bruises. Moreover, they are there to listen to me by apply critical thinking skills to help me not only aid my injuries but to make me better than I was before! With a hands-on staff, interns from St. Louis University school of medicine, and fellow supportive teammates, the trainers will be a mom away from home for any athletes who like to get down and dirty to represent Fontbonne University!
Freshman year is like a blank sheet of paper, you wield a pen waiting to make your mark on it. The question that burns into you is, “Who do I want to be?” That’s just the issue, you never know. You don’t know who you are, until you finally meet others. Until you finally surround yourself with people that you believe to be awesome.
I walked onto campus a little earlier than most freshman, being that I’m an athlete. The people I met on campus first were my team and that was an experience. In any sport, you start off picturing the whole season, what it will be like. The first day I met my team, we had a “heated discussion” over the pronunciation of Reese’s. Right off the bat, I knew these people were fun. I knew that I didn’t have to worry about being an odd individual because, sorry guys, everybody on my team has one thing that makes them “weird” and I think that’s the beautiful thing about people. I’ve heard that the people at Fontbonne were welcoming, but I didn’t, nor could I ever, imagine I would hit it off with people so quickly. I walked out of practice that day feeling a little less anxious, I knew I had a guaranteed support system. Athletics are funny like that, they turn out to be your family away from home.
My first impressions of Fontbonne University weren’t the buildings, they were the people. The people here are so welcoming and accepting towards what makes you, you. They don’t try to fix you, they enhance you. They make you into the person you were meant to be, not who they want you to be. The freedom to be yourself can really do wonders for someone and the first people you meet can make you feel like you chose the right place.
If you want to stay fit, playing sports is a good way to do it. It can also create many opportunities for you. My brother attends SLU high school and is on the track team. This has created many opportunities for him, such as going out of town, creating new friends, and college offers. Not to mention it also helps him to stay in shape. Doing sports and having good grades can get you a full scholarship. Hard work and dedication pays off.
Okay, this post is gonna be about Griffin Gang, which is one of the organizations I’m involved in here at Fontbonne. It’s new this year, so it’s been a little slow to start, but it has a lot of potential. Its purpose is to support the athletic programs at Fontbonne by having events centered around games and enticing people to come and cheer. If you’ve been reading my blog at all the past few years, you know that I both used to be on a team here at Fontbonne (XC and track, what whaaaaat) and that I am an avid supporter of all the other athletes as well.
The main publicity stunt of Griffin Gang right now is an attendance punch card that allows people to get a free t-shirt once they go to 10 sponsored games. The punches started during the men’s soccer games in the fall, so we are just now getting some people with 10 punches on their card, which is super rad. If you don’t have one yet, come to one of the home basketball games and pick one up! All conference home basketball games will have a Griffin Gang table. There are also raffles, half-time activities, and themed games, which help to generate some interest. So check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FontbonneGriffinGang) and come to a game!