Dub Club Takes Over Winter Sports

The “Dub Club” consists of students who support Western Reserve Academy athletic teams, whether it be through theme nights or tailgates. Club members are often found leading the student section in cheers during home games, generating energy for school spirit. The club was only recently started in 2016 by WRA alumnus Joey Randazzo ’17. Randazzo started the club because he felt “a lack of support for home sporting events” and that the existing support “was very unstructured.” He hoped to “bring people together to cheer on our teams both through a physical presence and through unitive themes that made it all the more fun.”

Despite its recent creation, Dub Club has already hosted many large events, including the cookout for the boys’ basketball senior night. The crowds Dub Club has been able to rally has shown remarkable success in forcing opposing teams to lose concentration while playing. While attention in the past has primarily been on boys’ basketball, current club leader Francisco Blanco ’18 expressed his desire to expand club support for more teams: “Our plans for the winter season are to have more creative themes and to really move beyond [the] sole focus on boys’ basketball. We want to celebrate and promote all teams from all seasons and carry the momentum we hope to build in the winter into spring.”

Trent Clarke ’18, explained how Dub Club brings the community together: “I think the student support for athletics [is] very important because it is a great way for the Reserve community to unite and support our peers.” Tia Forsyth ’18 became involved with the Dub Club because of her appreciation for “school spirit.” She enjoys “being a supporter in the stands” and “knowing that you helped your peers play their best and bring home that dub!” She hopes Dub Club can help rally students together to “support each other like a true family.”

Blanco summed up the significance of the Dub Club’s presence at WRA: “The amount of time and effort that our classmates put in beyond the classroom to ensure that they represent the school appropriately is something that should always be celebrated, win or lose.” Stay tuned for announcements and emails about upcoming Dub Club events. Go Pioneers!

– Flora Jiang ’19

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