There were two reasons to celebrate at Upper Canada College on May 10. It was the annual May Day, where the school’s spring sports teams showcase their talents against Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association rivals, and it also marked the fifth anniversary of the Blues Booster Club (BBC).
The day was even more special because it was warm and sunny, making it the best May Day weather-wise in recent memory and ensuring that lots of parents, students and other UCC community members came out to enjoy some fresh air while supporting their favourite teams.
The day began at 9 a.m. with junior varsity rugby on the oval, a U13 rugby mini-tournament on Lord’s Field and a U14 softball tournament on the Prep playing field. The action continued indoors and out at 10 a.m. with varsity, U16 and U14 badminton in the Hewitt Athletic Centre and U16 and U14 tennis on the courts. U14 rugby took over the oval at 10:30 a.m.
The BBC barbecue was fired up at 11:30 a.m. and there was also a fifth anniversary cake-cutting featuring founder Pam Taylor and succeeding co-presidents Cindy Secord, Donna Simpson and Mitty van der Velden. All of the women spoke briefly and head of the Prep and Upper Schools Don Kawasoe and teacher/coach Dave Shaw, who was also instrumental in getting the BBC off the ground, thanked everyone involved for helping the organization grow and thrive.
The BBC is composed of parents, faculty members and student representatives and has a mandate to foster school spirit through athletics. It’s become an important part of Association Day, “Friday Night Lights” football games, Winterfest and the Spirit of Athletics-Blues Awards in addition to May Day. The BBC has also developed the team parent program, bringing colour commentary to certain important games, creating spirit merchandise and providing team highlights and photos through the UCC website and the Connection online newsletter.
In addition to the BBC’s hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages, student groups sold nachos, doughnuts and popcorn to hungry fans, while free Starbucks coffee was available and the warm temperatures insured that the ice cream truck had a steady stream of customers. Folks could also stock up on UCC spirit wear and a new addition to the BBC-backed line: cowbells.
Cookie and Blue Army members led cheers throughout the day and DJs in the southwest corner of the oval pumped out tunes to raise the energy levels even further.
Sports continued through the late morning and afternoon, with U14 lacrosse on New Field, varsity rugby on the oval, varsity cricket on Lords Field, varsity tennis on the courts, varsity baseball on Commons Field and varsity lacrosse on the oval.
UCC teams won much more than they lost when all of the results were tallied, but both the home and visiting teams were well-supported by their respective fans and a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship prevailed over the day even though the athletes were giving everything they had to try and defeat their opponents.
UCC community members are invited to attend the fifth annual Spirit of Athletics-Blues Awards on Monday, May 26 at 10:50 a.m. in Laidlaw Hall. The guest speaker will be Los Angeles-based sports agent and Old Boy Judd Moldaver ’00. The event will also include tributes to coaches and graduating athletes, while individual awards will be handed out and the House Prefect Cup winner will be announced.
Here are some May Day photos: