News Archive

2020

  • February

    Commitment

    Neil Mufson
    Mr. Hawkes, my high school tennis coach, demanded our complete commitment to the team. As if to underscore that he was going to require unusual dedication, each season, before we ever started hitting any balls, he required that we spend a few weeks running several miles a day. These runs thinned our ranks and left us with a more manageable team. But the fact that they continued into the season reflected the impassioned way Mr. Hawkes regularly talked about the level of conditioning and commitment it would take if we were ever going to amount to anything. He regularly told us that our skills were not as important as our willingness to persevere.
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