Spring 2010: from the EAA

Allison Dykes

Allison Dykes, Vice-President for Alumni Relations

Bryan Meltz

By Allison Dykes

Dear Friends,

Athletics for All.

This well-known motto dates to the 1890s when then-President Warren Candler 1875C denounced intercollegiate sports as an academic distraction. Candler did, however, encourage personal athletics activities as good exercise for the mind, as well as the body.

Candler’s hard-line perspective about intercollegiate sports at Emory has softened, obviously, but the idea of athletics for all continues to prosper. Not only does Emory have one of the country’s strongest Division III athletics programs—since Division III schools do not offer athletics scholarships, the Eagles truly promote student-athletes—participation in Emory intramurals is extremely high, and Emory’s facilities for sports-minded students (two Olympic-sized swimming pools, tennis courts sprinkled all over from the Atlanta campus to Oxford) are of the highest quality.

Perhaps nowhere is the idea of athletics for all more prominent than in the work of Clyde Partin Sr. 50C 51G. Partin, who passed away last summer at the age of eighty-four, served Emory for more than fifty years, seventeen of those as athletic director. One of Emory’s most beloved administrators, Partin led Emory’s Department of Athletics into the modern age, and his accomplishments range from coaching Emory’s baseball and softball teams to founding the Emory Sports Fitness Camp, which just passed its forty-fifth year of operation.

Partin also wrote the definitive book about sports at the University: Athletics for All: A History of Health, Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation at Emory University 1836–2005. This spring, his family, including his son, Clyde Partin Jr. 78C 83M 86MR, donated Partin’s extensive collection of personal books, papers, and sports memorabilia to the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

As I write this letter, spring has fully sprung and, athletically, baseball and softball are in full . . . well . . . swing. I can think of few better places to spend a sunny afternoon than Chappell Park at Emory. Tickets are free and the crowd is always enthusiastic.

And even if you don’t live in Atlanta, there are many opportunities to see Emory athletes in action. Each year our men’s and women’s basketball teams visit University Athletic Association (UAA) rivals in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and St. Louis.

The Central Florida area is the annual home of the UAA softball tournament (in Altamonte Springs) and baseball tournament (in Sanford), and the rest of Emory’s teams—from swimming to tennis to track—compete all across the country. Going out to cheer and support Emory’s student-athletes is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to give back to your alma mater.

You can also follow the Eagles from your computer; many games are streamed live. For more information and a schedule of upcoming broadcasts, visit www.emoryathletics.com.

Athletics also play a significant role in Emory Homecoming Weekend, which is coming up, September 23–26. More highlights are included in the EAA’s ad to the right, as well as on our Homecoming website at www.alumni.emory.edu/homecomingweekend.

During last year’s Homecoming, attendees cheered both the men’s soccer team and our volleyball team, both of which were at home for the weekend. Not only were the volleyball Eagles the 2008 Division III national champions, volleyball is one of the most exciting sports to watch live. Stay tuned for information about this year’s Homecoming sports events.

Our annual Homecoming Parade route leads right into the P. E. Center, so that should make attending easy and fun. While you’re on campus at the P. E. Center, please make time to visit the Miller-Ward Alumni House (MWAH), too. This year marks the ten-year anniversary of MWAH’s opening, and we have a big celebration planned this fall. There will be more information to come.

Our upcoming Emory Commencement Weekend, May 6–10, is also a great time to visit MWAH. From our Candlelight Crossover, which welcomes our graduating class to the alumni community, to our Corpus Cordis Aureum induction, which recognizes and honors the longtime contributions and dedication of our alumni from the Class of 1960 and earlier, MWAH is a hub of activity on campus.

And when you do visit MWAH, please say hello. If you can’t come by personally, send me an email at adykes@emory.edu. It’s always a pleasure hearing from you.

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