Falcon pride runs deeper than football


Faraz Virani

[dropcap]Before[/dropcap] you read the title of this article and already consider me a hypocrite, hear me out. I love football. I go to all the Kinkaid football games, I am a Houston Texans fan, and I am in more than a couple fantasy football leagues. By no means should any reader think that in this article I am putting football down, or saying that football shouldn’t be celebrated. Of course it should. Football is a game deeply rooted in Kinkaid tradition. And that is not going to change any time soon–I know that. It is not even just the sport; it is the social outing the football games provide students and their families, along with sparking new school rivalries, and best of all, school spirit. So in light of that fact, I hope this clarifies my stance throughout the article.

When fans are heading out on the track towards the stands getting ready for the football game, right in front of the concession stands are a group of maybe 20 boys and 30 girls. They probably are finishing their five MILE workout, sprinting to the finish line. And it is almost like they are invisible to oncoming fans. And inside the gyms, you could watch and support the volleyball teams, with players constantly diving for each and every ball, gaining floor burn after floor burn. And I guarantee you that all of those teams will come and watch the football game after their practices, or even games.

The question is: do we as a community provide the same support and fan fuel as we do for the football team?

[dropcap]And[/dropcap] it isn’t even just the fall season—all sports deserve and work very hard to have the same home court/field advantage as the football team does. Sports like baseball and soccer may not be as action-packed or as hotly anticipated as football games, but our classmates and fellow Falcons are on those teams. And I know that these games come on weekdays, and no one is expecting you to come out to a field hockey the day before you have two tests. But whenever you are free and have the time, just stop by and cheer for your friends on playing the games they love. It will mean the world to them, I promise.

To conclude, please, don’t stop going to football games! They equally deserve our participation in the crowds just as any other sport does. But let’s bring the same enthusiasm and energy to all of our sports. We are a community, one that each one of us—parent, teacher, or student—are blessed to be a part of. Kinkaid, there is no time like the present to bring out your purple and gold pride and come out to lift all of our teams to new heights and successes.

This article was first published in Vol. 68, Issue 3, on Friday, December 5, 2014 | Photo by Allison Favaloro