An overcast afternoon didn’t dampen the spirit of the many student-athletes who competed in the 26th annual Chandler Bowl for Changing Lives, hosted this year by Concord Academy. Competitors played between the raindrops, with an afternoon drizzle ending right at game time and starting up again just as games ended. In this annual competition between Concord Academy and the Pingree School, more than 175 CA student-athletes played simultaneously, competing in cross-country, field hockey, volleyball, and soccer games. CA celebrated as on home fields and courts the boys’ and girls’ cross-country, boys’ varsity and JV soccer, and girls’ JV volleyball teams each beat their opponents, winning back the Chandler Bowl 5–4 from Pingree. It was the fourth time in the past five years that CA claimed the cup.
Earlier in the afternoon at the Moriarty, before the games began, a community barbecue hosted by CA Parents and the Student Life Office drew an enthusiastic crowd and provided an excellent opportunity for community-building and displaying team spirit. Following the games, the CA student section roared with delight when the trophy was presented in the SHAC gymnasium.
In the longstanding tradition of friendly rivalry between the two schools, the Chandler Bowl is a charitable event, with both schools raising funds to benefit an organization selected by the host school. This year, Pingree and CA raised more than $3,000 for Minute Man Arc, an agency that offers therapeutic services, employment, recreation, housing, and community involvement to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Director of Athletics Sue Johnson credited all involved for the community impact of this year’s Chandler Bowl. “Congrats to both schools for an excellent day of competition,” she said, “and for working together to raise funds for an important cause.”