“We had Zoom meetings throughout the summer, throughout the end of the last school year, and the main question was, ‘Coach, when are we gonna be able to go back?’” Nunn said. “But I think the kids have just kind of settled into it now.”
Zoom meetings have been one way the Wildcats have stayed connected while waiting for in-person practices to start. Nunn said digital connectivity through means of Zoom, text and email has allowed communication to run smoothly.
However, this community runs deeper, going out of their way to check on each other by means outside of digital.
“Some kids, we know where they work — a lot of them work at grocery stores.” Nunn said. “We’ll see them in passing at the grocery stores and give them information, answer their questions, just to check on them.”
Junior quarterback Henry Fraipont reiterated how staying connected as a team has been crucial to staying motivated.
“Once or twice a week I'll meet up with several of my teammates at ECHHS, or any of the neighboring fields and practice drills and conditioning to stay in shape and in good form,” Fraipont said in an email. “I'm certainly not progressing at the same rate as I would normally with in-person official practices, but I'm getting better still.”
ECHHS athletic director Randy Trumbower also expressed gratitude for the work that the Wildcat community has done to stay motivated in these unusual times.
“My strength coach has done an outstanding job posting workouts for our faculty and staff,” Trumbower said in an email. “We have had most of our coaches meeting, talking and checking in our kids. We just want to make sure the kids are helped.”
Since weightlifting practices came to a halt in March, Nunn said the football team has begun to put preventative measures in place to keep player safety at the highest priority, since the Wildcats cannot wait to get back on the field and back in person on Feb. 8.
“We’re doing screenings, staggering when kids come in and more,” Nunn said. “Some things haven’t been nailed down on exactly how we’re going to do it, but I know our administrators will take care of that.”
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