In an era of specialization, multi-sport athletes still thrive at St. Luke’s

Grace McKessy '23

St. Luke’s requires students to participate in at least two activities per year, but some motivated students elect to do three activities, and some students even elect for those activities to be three different sports. They play on a new team every season and spend their days after school perfecting their skills.

When asked why she is committed to playing multiple sports, Harper Boege said,  “I think playing multiple sports is good exercise, and growing up, my mom has always stressed the importance of exercising. She always tells me to play and try everything because you never know what you’ll find.”

Harper plays volleyball in the fall, skis for the ski team in the winter, and plays lacrosse in the spring. She says she loves playing multiple sports because it allows her to be able to explore different interests. She suggests that you can “play all your sports [and] have fun along the way with your different teams and teammates, making bonds with everyone.”

On the other hand, Ryan Weil, another multi-sport athlete, thinks the best part of playing all three seasons is being a part of a team for the whole year. She said, “Every team is different, so you get to hang out with different people every season, and it’s really fun.” Ryan plays soccer in the fall, squash in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring.

The only challenge both Harper and Ryan face as multi-sport athletes is time management. Ryan comments that “learning how to manage your time is the most important skill to have when being a multi-sport athlete,” and Harper shares that “it’s important to learn how to divide your time between practice and homework, and finding that happy medium.”

Both girls view being multi-sport athletes as a fun way to stay active and engaged in the St. Luke’s community and urge everyone else to do the same.