Back to “NORMAL”

Define normal — the usual, average, typical, or expected. I do not know about you, but I am looking forward to going back to what is typical and expected.

Concordia worked really hard to make sure sports continued last school year with all of the rules and regulations that were given. For example: who can attend, how many can attend, how far apart do people have to sit, do you have to wear a mask, can we serve concessions, seating charts on buses and many other details that had to be considered in order for a sporting event to happen.

I feel that the students were glad they could participate in their sport or activity and parents were glad they could watch via livestreaming or in person. However, the student body and everyone else besides parents could not go to a sporting event most of the year.

As a parent it made me sad that my daughter could not go to the Friday night football games and all the other events with her friends and cheer our teams and friends on.

As the year went on, I could see how the lack of socialization was affecting my own children and students here at Concordia. God made us social beings. He wants us to support each other, hug, laugh, and celebrate Christmas and all the other holidays with family and friends.

COVID made me realize that you cannot take anything for granted: a hug, a high five, a meal, a night out with friends, going to church — I mean actually going to church and not having to watch it on TV.

I know the lack of some activity was nice and maybe our lives were less hectic without so much hustle and bustle therefore maybe we can get back to a happy medium with some aspects of our lives.

I am so excited to see Zollner Stadium packed with fans for football, soccer, track, lacrosse and band. I look forward to a winter sports season where the students are spelling out CADETS from the bleachers and are able to just be kids and go to the game with their friends.  

I am thankful for Concordia and all the blessings God has granted. I am looking forward to seeing all of your faces (actual faces) at our events this year.

God is GOOD. He has gotten us through a very rough 12-18 months and he will continue to be with us always.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

Sarah Hellinger,
Athletics Assistant