Thursday, September 22, 2011
Being Your Own Dog...Bulldog that Is...
School spirit and pride is sometimes a thing of the past. There are a lot of teenagers that, simply put, are "too cool" to have fun. There is often the worry of "what will other people think of me?" Or..."I can't have too much fun or I won't be cool enough." (I have NO idea if "cool" is the current word to use for this example, but it's what we would have used "back in the day".)
There is a school in Northeastern California where school spirit and pride is alive and well. The home of the Fall River Bulldogs is home of the famous volleyball "Fan Club." If you have never seen these boys in action, you need to. It is a priceless experience.
In they walk dressed in what looks like the findings from an 80's yard sale. Really, they have been into the boxes of retro uniforms at the school and have chosen their favorites. Yes, it is mostly form the 80's...short shorts, polyester and big bold stripes. The mix and match, the unique combinations and the perfect accessories make this group a perfect photo opportunity.
The best thing about these boys is that they have fun! They don't care if anyone thinks they look ridiculous, sound obnoxious or seem uncool. They are their own dog...bulldog. They are amazing!
This has gone on for many years now and Fall River has become known for their extremely LOUD fan club. They aren't rude in any way...they are funny and enthusiastic. They are notable for doing the "seat shuffle" in the bleachers if things aren't going right for their team. They cheer for the "Hat Trick" and will let you know when the ball gets away..."Ball,ball, ball, ball...."
At the end of each match they have a cheer for the girls, win or lose. They form a tunnel and the girls run through in circles...three or four times. Then the fan club, the team and other students and alumni gather on the floor and sing the Alma Mater. It is one of the BEST demonstrations of school PRIDE I have ever seen.
So here's to the Fan Club...you are amazing. Thank you for being willing to be your "own dog" and have fun. The future of the Fan Club is bright with the example that is being set throughout the years.