It was a Friday evening at Cardinal Gibbons High School unlike any other.
After school on February 2, the area around the main lobby and café turned into an Only at Gibbons indoor tailgate. Meanwhile, people gathered for a reception in the Learning Commons to celebrate the five newest inductees into the Cardinal Gibbons Athletics Hall of Fame. And in between, members of the school community filled the Fr. Price gym to watch basketball games by the varsity men's and women's teams.
Prior to the women Crusaders' game against Broughton, over 150 members of the school community took part in the Second Annual Indoor Tailgate, said Gibbons parent Lisa Marshall who coordinated the football team's tailgate. Other groups that sponsored tailgates included, soccer, dance, basketball as well as Gibbons alumni, educators, and family association.
By all indications the indoor tailgate achieved its goal of "celebrating the end of Catholic Schools Week, cheering on our men's and women's basketball teams, and inviting younger kids from the Catholic middle schools to a fun Gibbons family event," noted Marshall.
At the same time, the reception honoring the five alumni Athletics Hall of Fame inductees reflect that the ties that bind community members to Gibbons last well beyond graduation. The inductees are: Dwight Johnson '71, who played basketball; Jeff Yardley '94, a basketball and football player who also ran track & field; Nick Mangum '99, who ran cross country and track & field; Tara Enzweiler '06 and Christina Falcone Lingley'06, both of whom played volleyball.
"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions these individuals have made to Cardinal Gibbons Athletics," said Dean Monroe, Director of Athletics Leadership/Legacy. "This gifted and talented group played a significant role in laying a foundation for much of our athletic success that we are experiencing today."
The five inductees were recognized during halftime at the varsity men's basketball game against Broughton. As men and women of faith, service, and leadership the inductees, exemplify the school's spirit, values, and mission, noted Monroe.