Standing-Room-Only Rally Opens Sports Season

The all sports athletic meeting transformed into an old-fashioned pep rally with chants of “Let’s Go Oaks!” echoing through a packed Watt-Baker Gymnasium Monday night.

The rally concluded with Collegiate coaches linking arms and giving one final “Oaks!” before sending the full house home.

New Athletic Director Mary Peccie promised her passionate, professional staff would build a sense of community within the school and better communicate with parents and students. Sports, she said, “is about building character as much as accomplishment. It’s about building the whole child.”

Peccie, who said moving from Norfolk Academy to Collegiate was the best thing she’d done in her professional life, turned cheerleader at the meeting’s end, orchestrating the crowd in chants.

Old Dominion University Athletic Director Wood Selig gave the keynote address, discussing Pat Conroy’s “My Losing Season” and highlighting some of the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s favorite maxims.

Among them:

Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

If you do not have the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over.

Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.

Be slow to criticize and quick to commend.

Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned who gets credit.

Acquire peace of mind by making the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

Earlier in the meeting, Headmaster Scott Kennedy spoke about the school’s renewed focus on athletics and the whole student. Norfolk Collegiate, he noted fields more than 50 teams and 65 percent of students in grades six through 12 play at least one sport.


“We are committed to finding the resources our student athletes need,” Kennedy said, encouraging parents to donate to the Norfolk Collegiate Booster Club.

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