Building Team Spirit, Fan By Fan

dsc_5808 At a recent girls volleyball game, the Great Hall in Ross School’s Center for Well-Being echoed with the cry, “Let’s go, Ross! Let’s go, Ross!” The cheers came from the first meeting of Ross’s Spirit Club, an initiative led by associate and avid sports fan Scott McPherson. Scott started the club as a way to foster a community spirit and encourage both day and boarding students to unite in support of their classmates.

Because Ross athletic teams are made up of international boarders as well as local students, they face some unique challenges. Many students on the teams are new to their particular sport, and others may not be familiar with rooting for their school team. Scott hopes the Spirit Club will encourage students to get involved in sports and connect with their peers.

“Especially for our boarders, the days are long,” Scott said. “It’s important to organize things for the group to do. The energy and excitement that a passionate home crowd brings to a game can totally change the way the team is playing.”

During their first session, Scott led the group in different chants throughout the game, inspiring the athletes to play their best. Initially, he hopes to assemble groups of 10 to 15 students to attend each home game. Eventually, he'd like to take the club to away matches so they can continue to cheer on the Ross athletes.

Athletic Director Howard Brown is an ardent supporter in building more support for Ross's athletic teams. The attendance of parents and community members is also welcome at athletic events. “I’m grateful to Scott for giving the students another way to support their classmates,” he said. “It’s a great way to strengthen our school community."

Ross School home games are listed on sectionxi.com and published weekly in the Ross Announcements. Come out in support of our student-athletes!