Cape Henry Collegiate was thrilled to bring back "Kickoff at the Cape" in a bigger and better than ever format! On Friday, August 27, our community came together on the athletic fields to celebrate the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Under a clear blue sky and soaring temperatures, the excitement of our Lower School community was palpable. "It was so much fun to see all my friends from different classes and go through the obstacle course!" shared Elliot, Grade 3.
Upper School Director of Student Life, Mr. Greg Angilly said, "After a rough 2020-2021 school year in terms of celebrating our community, it was nothing short of awesome to hold the Kickoff at the Cape. I was so proud of the Class of 2022 for their excitement and participation. Whether they were handing out water and ice cream, facilitating a kickball game, face painting, hair dying, or helping keep kids safe on the inflatables, their collective excitement and passion for our community was evident throughout the event. A special shout-out to Tripp Hanley, Faith Clarke, Leo Huang, Nathan Ansell, Grace Choe, and the Kickball Crew for helping make this a memorable afternoon."
"I helped to run the kickball game at the Kickoff at the Cape because I remember when I was in Lower School I always loved to hang out with the older kids and how much I looked up to them, so it meant a lot to me that they would take the time to hang out with little kids; so I wanted to do that for the Lower School kids and help them to have fun," remarked senior Bella Cooke.
With the backdrop of the Varsity Girls Field Hockey game and an intrasquad JV Boys Soccer scrimmage, campus felt abuzz and truly "almost back to normal." CHC parent Sarah Moore declared, "There was nothing that was going to stop my kids from attending Kickoff. Being able to play freely with their friends that they have missed so much made the day perfect! Also, sitting and watching the Upper School kids play athletics opened their eyes as to what sports they might participate in!"
The Kickoff truly served as a reminder that building community is at the core of our culture. The calendar will soon flip to October and the return of the Fall Festival and Race at the Cape will provide another amazing opportunity to demonstrate Dolphin pride.