Neil Bazaj | October 17, 2018
September 26th marked the third annual fall tailgate at Greenhills School. Designed by booster club president Annie Rubin, the goal of the tailgate was to “create community at Greenhills by bringing people together in the support of athletics.” To that end, this year’s tailgate included significant changes to highlight athletic events. Special activities like the faculty vs JV volleyball match took place before featured sports competitions so that students would be more likely to arrive early and wouldn’t be drawn away during the play itself.
The tailgate ended up even more successful than anticipated. There was a high level of attendance despite cloudy conditions, and an impressive amount of money was raised. Most importantly, everyone seemed to have fun. One activity, however, stood out from the rest: the dunk tank. Everyone enjoyed the chance to send Greenhills teachers plummeting into cold water… though some students were especially enthusiastic about the opportunity.
Nevertheless, there remains room for growth. In particular, the fall tailgate can be improved by increased advertising beforehand. Many students said that the event snuck up on them, and they didn’t know it was happening until the day of. Spreading the word earlier will allow future tailgates, (such as the upcoming spring tailgate!), to draw an even larger, more enthusiastic crowd.
Over the past years, tailgates at Greenhills have grown from small gatherings to school-wide events that attract students from every grade. With further improvements and stronger advertising, it won’t be long before the tailgate becomes an indispensable tradition at Greenhills School that will endure for generations.