Community, Defined

Bill Wilkinson is flanked by two of his students, Neal (left) and Evan.

Bill Wilkinson is flanked by two of his students, Neal (left) and Evan.

Among the many things that define our club — including an openness to newcomers — perhaps our biggest DNA marker is community.

Case in point: Yesterday, during our first match of 2019 (a gorgeous 55-degree day), club member Bill Wilkinson noticed a couple of new players on the turf and asked, “Hey, is that Neal and Ethan? Those are my boys!” Translation: He teaches (or has taught) these kids at Lanier Middle School. And, of course, the kids were thrilled to play their first Irish football match with their favorite teacher.

If you hang out in Fairfax City long enough, these things happen every day — even on the pitch. Naturally, you don’t have to live or teach in our small town to hang out with our football club. You can live anywhere in the DMV or the planet.

We’re just glad you’re hanging out with us for an afternoon.

Michael McCarthy