Last Thursday a group of Lord Botetourt High School students convened on the grounds of the Lord Botetourt soccer field for a match of croquet. The organizers of the event, Dylan Turner and Conor Hogan are launching a campaign to promote obscure sports in an effort to make Botetourt a more cultured and diverse place.
Croquet, unlike many American sports promotes gentleman-like chivalry and teaches players to win, as well as lose, with dignity and respect for the game and its players. Hogan says he likes the game because it rewards those who play with patience and finesse instead of the power and speed that win traditional sports such as speed-skating and football. Other players included were Stephen Brewer and Shawn Gardner. Gardner, a newcomer to croquet had a phenomenal game, and ultimately had a come-from-behind victory, securing his presence in the local croquet community.
– Submitted by Dylan Turner of Daleville