I have seen it in a road trip to Penn and Princeton, where our basketball team gave the powerhouses a run for their money.
I have seen it in the Olympic and professional performances of several Harvard athletes.
The list just goes on and on. It would be impossible to mention all the individuals and teams that have so admirably displayed this passion over my time here. Yet, I do want to take this opportunity to say how fun and inspiring it has been to watch them all.
And to the seniors, who have devoted so much of themselves to their sport and their teams, I salute you. And I hope that wherever life takes you upon graduation, you hold on to that passion. For in the end, that’s what life is all about.
As for the rest of the Harvard community, I urge you to embrace Harvard athletics.
Go cheer on your roommates and friends, and see what they spend so many hours of their days preparing for.
The passion you see on the field, on the mats, on the courts, on the diamond, on the rink or in the pool is probably one of the greatest things this school has to offer.
Don’t miss it because it’s a school night.
Go because it’s what your school is all about.