By Tala Bashmi
School spirit at City College is virtually nonexistent.
As the seasonal sports have come and gone, the turnout for sports teams, especially women’s sports, has been dismal.
You may find the odd supporter in the bleachers who is probably a team member’s significant other who is forced to attend, or a couple of proud parents cheering their kid on.
This, however, is not even near enough the amount of support we need.
As a member of the women’s soccer team, I have witnessed at some of our games that the our opponents’ supporters outnumbered our own.
Embarrassment is an understatement when it comes to describing our feelings as we witness that sight.
“Pathetic” is also something heard quite often from my teammates when no one shows up.
Some might say that every player should get satisfaction just by playing for ourselves, but I’ m sure every athlete would prefer a crowd cheering them on.
Also, not only do these athletes train excessively, but we wear the school colors with pride and that is not being recognized by the San Diego City College community.
This makes it that much more difficult for us athletes to play in the heat through our injuries and look over to the bleachers seeing no one but away supporters.
However, City’s athletes do get plenty of support from the athletic department and its trainers who even with their extremely busy schedules do try to attend every game possible.
City has some outstanding teams that have exceeded expectations, such as City’s softball team and the men’s soccer team, which both won their conference, and the women’s badminton team, which won the state title for the second year running.
But most people probably aren’t even aware that we have any of these sports teams and can find out about them on City’s Web site as well as the calendar in the City Times.
With some of the best sports teams in the region, showing a little support could go a long way,
I mean its not like we’re asking you to put your life on hold to attend a game, but a little cheering on once in a while really wouldn’t hurt. What have you got to lose?
(Tala Bashmi is a City Times staff writer)