Media Day Interviews 2020

Jocelyn, Mollie, and I attended the Athletic Department’s Media Days to get 1st person perspectives on what this fall season has been like and how Blair’s athletes are adjusting to some drastic changes. Despite the tough realities of playing a sport during a pandemic, Blair athletes have stayed positive and motivated. They have retained the magic of what it means to be a team and what it means to lead despite everything.
Read on to get the perspectives of individual players from the tennis, field hockey, and football teams.




Quarterback John Hadden misses “the game-day mentality and the locker rooms before games.” Hadden notes that “it’s been hard to get to know everyone” this year since they “got a late start on building ohana” without the 3-a-day practices they would usually have during  preseason, which didn’t happen this year because of the pandemic. His favorite part about the team is the “ability to forgive when someone messes up.”  

“I play linebacker and quarterback. I miss the pre-corona games and preseason and… we don’t have a season and it’s hard to do a lot of team bonding because were not allowed to be within 6 feet [of each other] …What makes this all worth it is the friendships that I’ve built with everyone. Even…when we can’t play games, I get to see my amazing teammates” – Hunter Sloane ’21

Safety Joe Ramos ’21 notes that not being able to play games is “tough,” but he still loves “the ohana” and being on the team.

Wide receiver and defensive back Keith Delaney misses “hitting other people” and notes that “Corona has taken [away] playing games.” He still loves the “the community aspect” of the team– “the ohana.”  

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Sophia Papadopoulo

Sophia Papadopoulo '22 has been at Oracle since her freshman year at Blair Academy and is a writer and editor. She works and manages different aspects of the Oracle and focuses on lifestyle articles centered around her interests and the Blair community. She is from Bermuda and is very happy to be returning for 2020-2021.