Bryn Athyn College Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2017-18 - Page 5

CAMPUS LIFE “The fireworks were a fantastic opportunity to get our students excited about the upcoming academic year and get alumni back to the College.” –Matt Kennedy, Vice President of Business Development and Athletic Director LIGHT UP THE NIGHT By Angella Irwin O n Friday, September 1, the night sky above Bryn Athyn College exploded into streaks of dazzling color. Loud, earthshaking booms punctuated each burst with that familiar lag time as the eye took in the light before the sound could travel to the ear. The fireworks show was a full-fledged display; the pyrotechnics from the first burst to the grand finale were thrilling to behold. The show painted the heavens and shone against the upturned faces of families and sports fans as- sembled on the hill overlooking the General Ron- ald K. Nelson Field. The wonder and delight reflect- ed in those faces proved that the inaugural Light Up the Night was a resounding success! Matt Kennedy, the vice president of business development and the athletic director of Bryn Athyn College, conceived the idea for the event. He said, “The fireworks were a fantastic opportunity to get our students excited about the upcoming academic year and get alumni back to the College.” Matt was able to get longtime partner, Monty’s Sandwich Shop, to sponsor the fireworks and bring sandwiches and refreshments to the full-day sports extravaganza. Four College teams participated in the day’s events that led to the fireworks show. Women’s soccer kicked off Inaugural field hockey game. with the first game of the day. Then the men’s soccer team battled Cairn University while the cross-country team hosted a race that wound through North Campus. To cap off the day’s ath- letic events, the field hockey team played under the lights, marking the first match in Bryn Athyn field hockey history. A day for the record books, the teams and their fans kept the feeling of excitement and unity going strong. Men’s soccer player Edgar Rodriguez (’19) said, “The fireworks were awesome. The whole day was pretty great. I loved seeing so many supporters and sharing the day with so many of our teams.” The College’s head field hockey coach, Kaitlyn Fitzger- ald, said, “What a spectacular inaugural game for the field hockey program. The excitement was in the air, and you could feel the goodwill and support of all the fans. To end it all with a fantastic fireworks show was just unbelievable.” Spectators were delighted, and many are hop- ing that Light Up the Night will return next fall. Matt Kennedy summed it up well, saying, “We’re small but mighty, and this kind of occasion cel- ebrates that in a special and spectacular way.” B RY N AT H Y N A LU M N I M AG A Z I N E | 5