Every now and again I rediscover a little nook and cranny of Wake Forest that I always knew was there, but isn’t necessarily on my day-to-day radar screen. Such it was last week with our men’s soccer team.
As with many schools, the coaching staff of many of our teams offer summer camps, giving kids from elementary school on through high school a chance to come to Wake Forest, learn more about their sport, develop their skills and a love of the game, and be on a college campus. My Class of ’27 Deac was at the Wake Forest University Soccer Camp last week, and it was a real treat.
Despite unseasonably awful temperatures in the high 90s (with equal humidity), Class of ’27 and his partners in crime had a blast. Coach Bobby Muuss, a former assistant coach here and now the head coach, and his fine staff of assistant coaches, put together a wonderful week for the kids. At the end of the event, Coach Muuss spoke to his campers and the parents, and his words really struck me. He talked about how even despite the beastly heat, this week had been one of his best weeks since he’d been back at Wake Forest, because he was reminded of what an exceptional community it is and what a pleasure it was to show kids not just soccer, but soccer done the Wake Forest way – with good character as well as good dribbling skills.
Too often in the media you hear about college athletics run amok. Coach Muuss and his staff were terrific examples for our young soccer players to emulate. Talented people at the top of their game, and also polite, respectful, and nice to be around.
So I hope as you plan to come to campus to move in your kids, you’ll consider attending the game on August 22nd at 7:30 against Kentucky. Our Men’s Soccer Deacs (as with all our teams) are worth supporting.
By the way, if Class of ’27 had been at a different WFU sports camp, I’m pretty sure I would have the same feeling. Our coaches and assistant coaches have always struck me as top-notch human beings who want to win the right way and who want to develop their players as people. Whenever I hear them speak to a group, they reinforce how proud I am to be a Deac.
So support Men’s Soccer – and Women’s Soccer – and all the sports teams. Nothing feels better than cheering our Deacs to victory!