WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts recently met with the Wilmington School Committee to discuss the WHS winter sports season.
Alberts emphasized the importance of building a strong relationship with the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) and making Wilmington a “regional leader in athletics.”
“I think having a good relationship with the MIAA can only help our students and our district,” said Alberts.
Alberts, himself, serves as one of the MIAA’s 25 tournament directors (for girls hockey) and serves as Vice Chair on the MIAA’s Boys Lacrosse Committee.
Alberts was able to secure Wilmington High as a host site for MIAA volleyball tournament games, basketball tournament games, and a regional cheerleading competition. WHS was also one of just five schools in the state to host Taylor Twellman, a retired professional soccer star, for a concussion awareness talk.
“We received glowing recommendations from tournament directors,” noted Alberts. “Nothing but great comments from other schools and other principals.”
The benefits of hosting tournaments were discussed, including the ability to showcase the beautiful high school, generate press coverage and social media buzz, bring in thousands of dollars to the local economy, and benefit the Wilmington Booster Groups through concession stand sales.
Alberts also noted that having a strong relationship with the MIAA helped in Wilmington’s successful appeal of its division placements for its Boys Hockey Team and Boys Basketball Team.
Alberts also pointed out that Wilmington was able to add some new 1st time athletic events, like the Wildcat Cheerleading Invitational which attracted 18 teams from the around the state, while maintaining longtime favorites like the Wilmington Sons of Italy Tournament and the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Basketball Tournament.
Emphasis On Community Service
“I want to win every game we compete in, but I don’t evaluate by wins and losses,” said Alberts. “I’ve placed a strong emphasis with our coaches on community service.”
Alberts was particularly proud of the WHS Girls Soccer and Volleyball teams for receiving Educational Athletic Awards from the MIAA for community service and leadership.
“To go out, help our community, and be recognized by our state association. That means more to me than a state championship.”
Alberts rattled off many community service projects that WHS teams completed this winter, including:
- Boys & Girls Basketball teams held a Coaches vs. Cancer game
- Boys Hockey team held a benefit game for active military and veterans
- Boys Hockey team held a benefit game for breast cancer awareness month
- Cheerleaders volunteering at the Farmers Market, Fun on the Fourth, Wilmington’s National Night Out, Wilmington Tree Lighting, Wilmington Pop Warner events, and a special Pop Warner Night at Wilmington High
“These [community service initiatives] are what I’m most part of. Not just our wins and losses, or championships, or league all-stars, but those events where we can take leaders and help out the community and show the younger students what they can be down the road,” concluded Alberts. “I thank all the coaches and all the students for giving it their all this winter season.”
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