Now that college football and the NFL have started, I look back at certain aspects in non-lacrosse sports that have gotten my attention for new artistic pieces. One of them being Notre Dame’s, or any football team’s, holding their helmets in the air prior to the kick-off. But the title, came from another different experience, which was not sports related.
My sophomore year in prep-school, a new kid hailing from Wilmington, NC, came up to start his academic career in New England. It was basically his first time up in the North. We quickly became friends and one time we, and others, attended a nearby school dance that attracted other rival sports schools in the area. As typical mindsets of 15, 16 year-olds came about, a brief scuffle broke out amongst some of my friends and students from a different school. It was quickly quelled by faculty chaperones but heated eyes were still focused on each other. Soon enough, the new kid with a Southern accent threw his hands up an yelled “Come on and RAISE UP!” A bit confused, or watching who would answer, nothing happened.
Fast-forward to the present day. Back in early-March, as the cold, winter freeze still lingered during the early morning lacrosse sessions, I was slowly putting on my equipment to play. It was 7am, and difficult to motivate. With my helmet in my hand being the last piece of equipment to put on, the quick thought of Notre Dame’s football team came to mind. Along with a half-asleep head, I forced myself to wake up and with my smartphone took a series of pics to be titled by a phrase, or more like a slang, to: ‘RAISE UP!’
Which brings me to the finished piece, below.
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