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Big MAC 5th Anniversary
After our first Big MAC basketball game, back in the winter of 2010, one of our players exclaimed, “We came in 2nd place!” In actuality, we’d lost the game to Harborlight Montessori, but I knew what she meant – the simple fact that the game happened made us all feel worthy of a medal.
When I first arrived at CMS, I found a stellar community full of fine athletes, but we had no one to compete with. Athletics not only provide an opportunity for our students to engage in interscholastic sports, they allow our community to expand, to meet other students, to get a larger sense of the world, Montessori and beyond. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of many heads of school, athletics directors, PE teachers, and coaches, this need was recognized and the Montessori Athletic Conference (aka, the “Big MAC”) was born.
The league has been a resounding success. The Big MAC is comprised of thirteen regional independent schools. MAC schools compete in soccer, basketball, cross-country, ultimate Frisbee, and flag football. The games have a spirit of “coopetition”, as another Big MAC athletics director once put it. The students play hard, have fun, and often join together for a post-game pizza party.
My favorite MAC memory involves a soccer game against Lexington Montessori a couple of years ago. It was a thrilling, high-scoring affair, and late in the game CMS clung to a 7-6 lead, when LMS was awarded a penalty shot. The LMS player struck the ball well, a strong shot that looked destined for the back of the net. Until our goalie, Leah, leapt to the side and caught the ball – a game saving save! Leah immediately doubled over, and the referee, believing she was hurt, called me out to the field to check on her. She was in tears, but not, it turned out, from pain: “I didn’t know I could do that,” Leah said.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of the MAC. In order to celebrate this milestone, the league is holding a “Big MAC 5K for 5 Years”. The race will be held at Lexington Montessori School on Saturday, May 10th. The CMS cross-country team will be competing, and I highly encourage anyone who is interested to run with us, or just cheer on the team. Registration can be found online, and rumor has it that our very own head of school will be participating! If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to ask. And as always, go Snow Tigers!
Did you know? In addition to being Athletics Director and our Elementary and Middle School physical education teacher, Alex is also the Commissioner of the Montessori Athletic Conference!