Equalize Eagle Spirit

Head of School Dr. Robert E. Veto announced during Monday’s assembly that Wednesday, March 5, will be a school wide Spirit Day.  Veto asked students to wear visors in honor of pro golfer and Stratford alum Russell Henley, who won his second PGA tournament this past weekend. The Spirit Day also coincides with the boys basketball team’s Final Four game tomorrow evening at Mercer University.

Now, don’t get me wrong or anything, I look forward to the Spirit Day and will cheer with the loudest Eagles fans as the boys take on Tattnall Square Academy tomorrow night.

But what about the girls basketball team — who also made it to the Final Four and will play Heritage on the same Mercer basketball court this Friday at 7 p.m.?

Between the visors and the boys game, honoring the girls seems like a footnote.

This is absolutely absurd. I can assure you that the girls basketball team has worked just as hard to earn our spot in the Final Four as the boys did. We worked just as hard to win our region. We worked just as hard to win our preliminary playoff games.  So why don’t we get rewarded with a Spirit Day of our own? Is our school teaching its students that male sports take precedence?

As a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter on Stratford’s basketball team, it seems to me that Stratford is failing to honor my team for our achievements this season. I think we should protest for our right to a Spirit Day on Friday.

I believe that a school wide Spirit Day on Friday would encourage and motivate my teammates and I to play better, beat Heritage, and take home another State Championship on Saturday night.

I hope Stratford’s administration and student leaders will reconsider a Spirit Day on Friday.

Do it for Coach Ed Smith, who won his 400th victory as a head coach this season.

Do it for retiring Athletic Director Grady Smith, who brought home seven basketball championships — including both girls and boys titles — during his coaching career.

Do it for the 16 girls who have put in countless hours of practice since the fall.

Do it for the Eagles, who want to bring home two state titles this week, and want to cheer for both our girls and boys.