When the sun goes down on Bullis, that’s when the stars come out. When all the lockers are shut, all the classrooms dark, and all the students gone, that’s when the lights shine brightest on legends of the hardwood.
These legends are the faculty members who congregate at the Bullis gymnasium on Monday nights to have a basketball showdown. With nothing but pride on the line, competition gets fierce, but the faculty basketball games on Monday nights are exhilarating, and remind us that faculty basketball goes beyond the court.
You shouldn’t attend this game if you are looking for a fine display of footwork and basketball skills, but the teachers compensate with a sense of teamwork and excitement to participate in a game of basketball with their peers.
“For staff working at Bullis, it is easy to become solely focused on what's taking place inside your classroom and inside your immediate building. This is a great thing because there are amazing things happening within each of the buildings on campus. However, it is equally important to break away from that focus every now and then. And, embedded within that idea, is the need for a new atmosphere and new people,” stated Middle School English teacher Frazier Stowers.
Stowers is acknowledging one of the great aspects of the game, which is the friends of faculty that are also included in the game, allowing teachers to meet new people in a fun social setting. Stowers explained that faculty basketball is less about the game and more about the unique opportunity to spend time with colleagues outside the classroom.
“What's great about staff basketball is that there is a group of people coming together one night a week to take a break from everything else, engaging in a little friendly (but chippy) competition.”
While the talent may not be overwhelming, faculty basketball is just another example of the balance between working hard and playing hard at Bullis.