Upper Canada College’s inaugural Varsity Day may have been dampened by wet and cool weather, but the home teams came out ahead in all of the league matches that were played.
“Varsity Day replaces May Day, which was held annually on a Saturday,” says Lisa Assaf, the co-president of the Blues Booster Club (BBC) along with Carita Sheehy.
“Varsity Day has been in the works for two years and was the idea of the boys to celebrate the spring athletic teams at UCC and provide a social event for the boys, especially those graduating.”
The varsity badminton, rugby and tennis teams won their Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association matches, while the varsity lacrosse team lost an exhibition game against Detroit Catholic Central High School. Exhibition games for the varsity baseball and cricket teams were unfortunately cancelled due to the inclement weather.
Mascot Ice the Husky was in attendance to raise spirits, but the planned activities organized by new Blue Army Generals Calvin Jeffrey and Max Pentland were iced because of the poor weather conditions.
The BBC set up a spirit wear table to sell UCC apparel and almost sold out of its new visors. A Meltdown Cheesery food truck, making its first appearance on campus, drew steady lineups of fans for its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.
“Despite the weather, we had some hardcore fans come out,” says Assaf. “Next year we hope to have better weather that will significantly increase fan attendance.”