One special event would have made last weekend noteworthy, but Brooks School hosted three, bringing prospective families, alumni and honored guests to campus for a day positively bustling with Brooks' hospitality.
The school's annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction ceremony kicked off the festivities on October 1, followed by Fall Visit Day and then Alumni Homecoming.
"It was a very busy weekend," said Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Sara Bird, who noted that there was also an alumni board meeting before the public slate of activities, which began with honoring the undefeated, ISL champion 1982-1983 girls 1st lacrosse team (that scored that season's most goals in the league; shown above), lacrosse and soccer standout Ginger Walsh Cobb '83 (shown below center) and tennis and basketball phenom Alex Skinner '08 (below following; with Director of Athletics Roberta Crump-Burbank, and with his family).
"The majority of the lacrosse team being inducted returned to campus for the ceremony," said Bird. "It was great just seeing them all being excited to see each other again!" Many brought spouses and children "so it was whole family affair," she added.
The inductees' kids "didn't seem to realize how impressive their parents are, so it was really cute to see them 'get it' as the athletes were recognized," said Director of Alumni Programs Lauri Coulter.
The teammates and individual honorees, it seemed, were simply grateful for the chance to reconnect during the ceremony and celebratory luncheon for inductees and their guests.
"That was the real highlight of the event," said Coulter. "Seeing how excited the team was to get back together, re-live and celebrate what was a real milestone season. It was very touching to see how much they enjoyed each other's company."
Opportunities to reconnect continued with Homecoming festivities for all alumni, including a field-side hospitality tent with refreshments and raffle prizes during current students' competitions later that afternoon against Groton School: cross-country races and field hockey, soccer and volleyball games.
Possible future alumni, in the meantime, got to get better acquainted with Brooks during the annual Fall Visit Day, held from 1-3 p.m. More than 380 people had signed up to attend the event for prospective families — the first in-person visit day in three years.
"It was great to feel the excitement and the energy of all our guests when they were gathered in the theater to hear Head of School John Packard's welcome," said Director of Admission and Financial Aid Bini Egertson. Add to it the fact that the school has a number new faculty participating in the program for the first time and she said, everyone was "very enthusiastic!"
View the 2022 Fall Visit Day program
Throughout the Center for the Arts, academic and science buildings, prospective students and their families enjoyed 21 different opportunities to talk one-to-one with teachers and learn about Brooks' academic offerings.
More than a dozen coaches were also standing by, ready to talk about athletics, and students offered a series of mini-tours of campus.
"It's a really nice, informal way to talk with faculty and coaches that's very different from when you come for your official tour and interview," said Egertson.
Prospective families will have many other chances to talk with Brooks faculty and coaches going forward, too. A series of virtual events begins on October 19, with a Drop-In Chat with the Head of School.
Get information about all of the online events this fall on Brooks' Travel and Events page. Offerings include a talk with the dean of diversity, equity and inclusion, and the director of multicultural affairs and outreach, a discussion with current parents, a financial aid session and more.
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Honoring 17 Amazing Athletes
Ginger Walsh Cobb '83, Alex Skinner '08 and the 1982-1983 girls 1st lacrosse team will be inducted into Brooks' Athletics Hall of Fame at Homecoming on October 1.