For two summers, this Xavier sports event had been missing in action because of a handful of tasks the teachers and staff had to accomplish and prepare for the PAASCU (Congratulations again! It’s a well-deserved 5-year-long accreditation!) visit. The battle cry of teams in the soccer field during a kickball game was not heard in a while. The rich clop-clop of the ping pong ball against a paddle and a table, a far echo. The pool, strangely calm and untouched. Memories of people bringing victories to their teams were all in a hazy, uncertain distance. Muscles were not stretched for some time – even vocal cords… And so, after a long wait, Xavier School finally brought back the most intense sports event it has ever conducted that unleashes unimaginable physical competition among its faculty and staff: THE Sports Fest.
Despite the consensus mapping for most of the teachers during summer, I was amazed to see that they still had the reserved energy after work to change into their sports attire bearing their team colors to participate in their chosen events. What an ideal way to unwind after a whole day of rigorous mental activity.
People began the planning process the moment the list of teams was released. Long before the event even officially started, teams raved about what shirt design they would have. Members of all teams met, and cheers were composed. Game strategies were formulated, and announcements of game practices began flooding everyone’s email ahead of time. Suffice to say, even if the entire event required the teachers to stay behind after work to play, no one minded it.
Whoever said anything about “Uy, fun fun lang ha…?” It was totally irrelevant. People bruised in their respective events; some even broke a bone or two. Bodies were sore for days, and voices became hoarse. Players were suddenly keen to the technicalities of their games a la pro, that nothing dubious escaped their eyes. Teachers tumbled, slid, and rolled. They went for the ball even if they had to catch it with their faces in order to get a point. I even heard a teacher ask, “Su-suweldo pa rin naman tayo kahit matalo, diba?” It was really that intense of an experience and a refreshing one to get involved in.
After every game in every event, win or lose, eliminated or excelled, sea of different colors were present for their team mates even for the sheer simplicity of supporting them. I saw teams that cheered victoriously after losing, hugging and shaking hands with the winners despite sweat and dirt. Bloopers in the game were laughed at and lightheartedly entertained the witnesses. Team members coached opponents about the game during the game itself. Such wonderful ironies that occurred for a short number of days.
In comparison to Olympics, Sea Games, Asian Games, Palarong Pambansa, and any other sports event that showcased physical prowess and unity among nations and its participants, THE Sports Fest in Xavier School was not an exception. It brought the community together. Teachers got to know the ones they didn’t recognize before and even exchanged numbers with each other. A number of Facebook accounts grew more friends in their pages – and a lot of pictures were uploaded, too! I’m not exactly sure that THE Sports Fest was the best weight loss activity overall, but being in it, was all worth it.
Congratulations to all the participants! Luceat Lux!
For more photos of the XS Faculty & Staff SportsFest, please visit this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98386781@N07/sets/72157644689298499/
Faculty/Staff SportsFest 2014 Overall Winner: Yellow Clifford
List Yellow Clifford’s Team Achievements:
2nd Place Fun Games
Champion Table Tennis
2nd Place Volleyball
Yellow Clifford Team Members
|DELA CRUZ||Faye||GS||Social Studies|
|FUENTES||Enzo||GS & HS||Arts & Music|
|MARTE||Vanni||GS & HS||Arts & Music|