Little Three TFC Parents & Family Gathering

April 19th at Amherst College

With the annual running of the Little Three track & Field Championships being held right here at home on April 19th starting at noon, and also being a meet in which we should have everyone competing (barring injuries which hopefully will not effect anyone), it is a great opportunity to try and get as many family members in attendance. Like we did last spring up at Williams, and like this past fall for XC, we are hoping to get as many of you as possible to make the trip up to Amherst to cheer on your kids and meet the rest of the team, coaches and other families. Immediately following the conclusion of the meet - approximately 4:00 we are hoping to have a "tailgate gathering" for everyone. What is consumed will depend entirely on what you all care to bring and there is really no limit on those possibilities - we should have a couple of grills, tables and chairs, and will have name tags for people but beyond that, it will be up to you all. There are approximately 70 men and women on the team and they are sure to be tired, hungry and thirsty after a day of tough competition. Tailgate fare - burgers, dogs, chicken, sandwiches, salads, your son / daughters favorite food, perhaps your favorite food, something unique, something common, drinks, chips, paper ware and utensils - basically your call on what you would like to bring, as I am sure that it will get devoured and certainly will be greatly appreciated.

This is a chance to see the team compete for against Williams and Wesleyan, a chance to see your son / daughter compete, a chance to meet the other parents and their respective student-athletes, a chance to meet / see again the coaches and the most important part, to get everyone together and have a great time and show your support of the team and the program. As we get closer to the 19th, we will keep updating this site with what people are bringing so that you will know who is bringing what - while some things may be the same, there is certainly a chance that one person's secret chicken is different then someone else's, so feel free to double up. Perhaps seeing what others are bringing will help to put an idea into your head. We had a good time last year and we have had a lot of fun with the past gatherings during Track and XC and we are looking forward to building upon that success this year.

As an added bonus to what should already be a fantastic day of eating, meeting others and watching the teams compete, we are also planning on presenting the National Championship Rings to the members of the XC team from this past fall's National Championship. The Athletic Department, and several Alumni, were able to come up with the money needed for the rings to honor the entire team for its accomplishment and I am excited to be able to present them at home, in front of as many of you as possible. The rings are supposed to be here early in April - have been assured that they will be done by the time of the gathering - and thought that it would be fitting to make those presentations with as many parents in attendance as possible.

We will make up name tags and have them for you at the meet, as well as extra tags if you are bringing your other kids or family members. More information and details will follow, and as they do, they will get included right here so that you can check back as April 19th gets closer! Those who may be traveling from afar, and who may find it easier to pick up something here in Amherst, there are certainly a lot of options as far as fare in concerned - and you probably even already have gotten to fall in love with one of the many delis or restaurants that are in the immediate area.

On behalf of the team and the coaches, we are really looking forward to seeing you all at Williams on the 27th and are hoping for a huge turnout! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either me Ned mail or 413 542 8117 or Alison Wade will also be instrumental in helping to organize this activity, via Alison email or 413 542 2963

Ned, John, Amy & Lukas, Shauneen and Alison

Those coming and, if mentioned, what they are bringing. Keep checking back as April 19th gets closer and things get finalized. I will try and update this regularly as I hear back from people and what they are bringing.

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