The Return of the Ateneolympics
[I was going for a more nostalgic route but couldn’t incorporate all details in a congruent thought. I was going to write about how my mom shared her Ateneolympics days through her bowling days when I was growing up… And how much I enjoyed watching my High School teachers showing their passion and competitiveness on the court… And how badly I longed to be part of it that when I was finally hired, the initial disappointment of finding out it wasn’t a regular thing in school anymore was such a sad blow. Add to that the lack of opportunity to be more active and hone my “skills” in games. Oh well… Anyway, I opted to take on a different voice in sharing my thoughts instead.]
As early as June 2016, talks about the possible return of the Ateneolympics in school started circulating around the Unit. Sports enthusiasts from various members of the Faculty and offices have been abuzz with excitement on events to sign up for and to begin preparations as representatives for their respective units. A wide array of sporting events was open to all who were interested to sign up.
The Ateneolympics was participated by the Grade School Unit, Junior High School Unit, Senior High School Unit, College Unit, and the Non-Teaching Personnel. The games kicked off last October 1, 2016 with ball games for both men and women into Basketball and Volleyball. Other events such as Badminton, Bowling, Swimming, Darts, Table Tennis, Scrabble, and Chess were scattered throughout the months of October and November leading up to its culmination last November 12, 2016. The closing ceremony started with the track meet followed by a mass for all units after which a series of parlor games in between the championship games of both Basketball and Volleyball. It was capped off by the Cheering competition and the awarding ceremony for all individual, dual, and team sports wherein the College unit emerged as the overall champion.
It was refreshing to see teachers exhibit their skills and expertise in their favorite sport. It came as a great surprise and delight for spectators and fellow athletes alike to discover a kindred spirit in their love for a particular sport and flexing long-unused muscles to battle it out during each game. Teachers are well-known for their passion – their love for their profession, the endless desire to learn and impart knowledge, and their drive to always make a difference. But seeing it in a whole new environment and outside the classroom is all the more exciting and inspiring knowing that their thirst for excellence and fairness goes beyond the classrooms and the pupils but extends to the people that surround them – their teammates, and their colleagues.
So? What keeps you active these days?