Nadeem El-Shami '21
Walking the halls at St. Albans, there used to be a common theme in the chatter among students.
“I’m winning in fantasy this week.”
“Celtics in 6.”
“The Nats didn’t play very well last night.”
Sports. They capture our attention and our conversation more than any other form of entertainment. They are competitive and lend themselves well to perceived personal connections and rivalries - in this sense, sports are more engaging than any other media. Naturally, they’ve been disrupted heavily by the pandemic, more so than other aspects of student life that can be more easily translated to the virtual world. Organizations have gone to great lengths, however, to continue the supply of sports entertainment to the American people. In this spirit, the BEEF Club hopes to maintain the same brotherhood and enthusiasm that it has provided in the past.
This year, the senior heads—myself and Jack Leahy—as well as the committee members—Jason Lach, Jayden Bendesky, Evan Orloff, and Weston Duncan—are working hard to keep the spirit of the BEEF Club alive in a safe and responsible manner. With the hybrid model coming soon, BEEF will have the opportunity to plan community events, organize online games, competitions, and more which will carry us into the second semester, where we hope our IAC sports will return. In accordance with the DCSAA’s plans, winter sports are set to take place first, from early January to late February, followed by fall sports, running from late February to early April, and ending with spring sports, which will run from mid-April until graduation. Until then, it is important to have a student-run, non-academic, and inclusive organization to foster the sense of community that has diminished over these past few months. We may not have the refectory, the sky lounge, or Sam’s Bar, but we have the student body. After all, its members are what make the BEEF Club what it is. Despite these challenges, we know that this year holds big things for us as a school, and hopefully soon, we can all be back together at Stuart Field. Go dogs.
Additionally, to keep in touch with the BEEF Club and all its events, make sure to join the Remind group by texting “@2021beef” to 81010 as well as following our socials, @stabeefclub on all platforms.