Cyclone Day is an annual athletics department tradition here at Mills College. For the past 18 years, this has been a chance for all 6 sport teams to come together to start the year off right with the objective to celebrate Cyclone pride as an entire athletics department.
Head swim Coach Neil Virtue expressed: “We want our teams to take pride in and value all the work they’ve done to compete at this level, and to value all the life skills that they will develop through their athletic careers.”
Each year, the athletic department participates in an act of community service and this year the Cyclones had the opportunity to work at the Mills College Farm. Under the instruction of Julia Dashe, Farm Manager, the student-athletes cleared away about 40 feet of dead shrubbery. The cleared space will be utilized for new berry bushes, whose fruit may be served at the college’s cafeteria and Tea Shop.
Afterwards, the athletes were rewarded with some games, dinner and dessert. As they ate, they heard from head soccer coach Lilia Dosalmas, President Beth Hillman, and performance coach David Motto on why being a collegiate athlete is such an amazing accomplishment. Coach Dosalmas roused the athletes with a moving speech about the importance of Mills athletics and ended with a loud Cyclone whisper.
In an exciting, last-minute addition, the athletic department was able to reveal the Division III One Team banner. Athletic Director, Allie Littlefox said, “I am thrilled to be a part of the ONETEAM initiative. DIII is leading the way on this and we are lucky to have Neil Virtue representing Mills on the Division III LGBTQ Working Group. Inclusion is a core value of our department and the Cyclones are excited to partner with the NCAA to promote LGBTQ inclusion at Mills.” The student-athletes were thrilled with the unfurling of the banner and are excited to display it soon.