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Sports: A Not-So-Traditional Soccer Game at Sant Bani School
Soccer has been a longstanding traditional sport at Sant Bani School. Each year the school’s co-ed team competes against many surrounding area secondary schools. A small student-teacher ratio is an important drawing card for Sant Bani. Yet it brings with it a smaller pool of players than other traditional prep schools have. Although this could be considered a challenge by some schools, Sant Bani students use this to their advantage by pulling together a non-traditional team of freshman through seniors, male and female, national and international (some of whom have never kicked a soccer ball before), building a unique team that thrives on exemplary sportsmanship, inclusiveness, and tough training.
Last Saturday the school soccer field entertained its first of many games this season; however, this game was far from traditional. Alumni, faculty and current students joined together to hone their skills and enjoy an afternoon competing against each other. Parents, grandparents and visitors also came to enjoy the day as spectators.
This yearly August tradition gives past and current students a chance to reunite, playing a game near and dear to their hearts. Although we can never go back and get a “do-over,” alumni from Sant Bani get to return to their Alma Mata each summer and once again be students for a day, playing soccer with faculty from their past and forming friendships with the current soccer players of today.