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“Victory” was in the air at Upper Canada College on Sept. 26, as it was the theme of a Think Ahead fundraising campaign announcement and what a dozen school teams experienced over rivals as part of the 36th annual Association Day.
A warm and sunny A-Day began in the Prep School’s Weston Hall at 7:45 a.m. with the new parent breakfast, where families got a chance to meet others in the same position as them while being introduced to members of the school administration along with parent co-chairs Barbara Bottini and Liza Murrell, Old Boy chair Zach Schwartz ’05 and Association Council president Alexander Younger.
The Blue Army then led a parade of Prep boys up the avenue to the front steps of the Upper School, where many of those same people and others from the community officially kicked off the proceedings.
The youngest boys played a colour house soccer tournament, while representative teams ranging from U14 to varsity played soccer, volleyball and football on fields and in gyms around the campus. UCC teams combined for a 12-3 record, capped off by a nail-biter of a varsity football game where the Blues pulled off a late, come-from-behind 30-25 victory over the St. Andrew’s College Saints.
Some Old Boys also got into the swing of things in the Michael Evan Jurist ’03 Memorial Tennis Tournament, while others took part in the Allan Harris Old Boys Soccer Tournament and the class of 1980 ultimate Frisbee challenge.
Those not into sports could wander up and down the avenue and around the front of the Upper School to check out a variety of booths.
Lots of goodies were up for grabs in the silent auction. Horizons was accepting gently used hockey equipment, the Think Ahead tent was giving away T-shirts and other swag, the Arts Booster Club invited folks to take a swing at a clock tower piñata, and an array of clubs, organizations and vendors sold an assortment of products and provided information.
There was a variety of food available from different tents, so no-one had an excuse for leaving hungry.
Youngsters could bounce around and play games in the Kidzone or work out their arms and try to soak a teacher at the ever-popular dunk tank.
One of the highlights of the day was an 11:30 a.m. performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” by principal Jim “The Boss” Power and the E Street Community Band, which was followed by an announcement that the Think Ahead campaign had surpassed its fundraising goal of $100 million by $3.23 million.
You can read more about the campaign and the announcement, watch an A-Day video and view photos of the day’s events here.
All of this coincided with UCC’s annual reunion weekend, and members of the leaving classes of 1965 and 1990 received respective 50- and 25-year anniversary ties during luncheon receptions ahead of that evening’s Old Boy reunion dinner that closed off another successful A-Day.