Hundreds gathered on Edwards Campus for Homecoming 2018, a weekend jam-packed with festivities geared to the whole ’Wick community of loyal alumni, students, faculty, parents, and friends.
The weekend included all the traditions typical of ’Wick homecoming — from thrilling athletic contests to the highly-spirited Alumni Tent Party on Cosby Field to Bear Fair, the can’t-miss carnival of the fall for Brunswick’s youngest.
There were two extra-special events this year: a Saturday morning tour of the new Middle School Campus at 1275 King Street, and an afternoon gathering to honor the life of Robert “Coach Sam” Sampson.
Soccer kicked off the athletic contests on Friday evening with a 5-0 victory over visiting EF International Academy, setting the stage for a thrilling bonfire and fireworks show that helped send spirits soaring.
Saturday saw more cause for athletic celebration as water polo swam past Greenwich High School, 11-7, to capture its first-ever Cardinal Cup title.
Earlier in the afternoon, the football team went down to the wire against Taft, standing tall on its own one-yard line in the game’s final seconds to clinch a 33-26 win in the battle of undefeated teams. The victory was much to the delight of the capacity crowd of ’Wick supporters in the bleachers, on the sidelines, and under the Alumni Tent.
Just before kick-off, dozens of alumni gathered in the Lower School Gym overlooking Cosby Field to remember a Brunswick great.
“Coach Sam,” as he was affectionately known by his players, died in September at age 95. He retired from Brunswick in 2001 with a monumental 140 wins, 14 FAA titles, eight undefeated seasons, and four New England championships.
But on Saturday, Sampson was remembered less for his victories and more for the way he cared about young people, including players on opposing teams.
Brunswick also welcomed alumni from class years ending in eight and three, and many former Bruins turned up on Cosby Field on Saturday morning for the annual Alumni Soccer Game.
Reunion dinners rounded out the day on Saturday evening, as alumni gathered in locations all around town to remember and reconnect.
All in all, it was another Homecoming of fun and friendship.