My Life as a Lincoln Athlete and Beyond
By Martha Boss Bennett '85
I arrived at Lincoln in the fall of 1981 as a freshman, loving field hockey, enjoying basketball, and having little idea what to do with a lacrosse stick, but eager to learn. My sisters Robin, and eventually Allie, were taking the tennis world by the tail, but I truly preferred having a team at my back, as there was always someone there for you if you happened to make a mistake (or blame as the case may be). I loved playing Varsity field hockey with seniors who were wise and wonderful, juniors and sophomores who both played hard and kept things fun, and other freshman who were just happy to be part of it all. It was exciting, even if we did play on a postage stamp of a field that eventually became the spot for the Boss-McLoughlin Gym.
Imagine our joy, then, when the next year Faxon Farm happened. Full, beautiful grass fields, given to us by the generosity of parents and alums who believed in us, where we could play our hearts out. And we did. One thing I’d stress about Lincoln girls, past and present, is that they always give it their all, whether they have the best fields, courts and scoreboards (as they do now at Faxon), or are waiting for something great to happen, like locker rooms and training facilities (as they are waiting now!) Being at Lincoln can be a transformative experience for young women, in the classroom, on stage and on fields and courts. While teachers like Mr. Spoehr and Mrs. Peter were helping me grow as a confident student in the classroom, team captains like Nancy Nahigian Tavitian '82 and coaches like Robin Kirkwood were making me a leader on the field. It was Lincoln that nurtured my talents as both a student and an athlete, allowing me to go on to Dartmouth where I got to travel to Ireland as a field hockey player and play all over the east coast as a lacrosse player.
When I watch the Lincoln girls of today out at the Farm, whether as a parent or a coach, I want nothing more than for them to have everything they need to develop a life-long love of athletics, with all the fun and benefits that can bring. I want them to thrive, be healthy, develop amazing friendships with coaches and teammates, have their sports talents grow and help them get into colleges of their choice. I hope someday some of them will play in an NCAA championship, be an Olympian, start a youth league in a far off place, be the new face of Nike, or just plain enjoy their years as high school athletes.
Regardless of what the girls choose to become, Faxon Farm is the place where these dreams get their start. Parents and alumnae who came before us gave us Faxon Farm so that Lincoln girls could have the best while they strive to be the best. I’d like to think that now it’s our turn to help finish the work they started in 1982.
To learn more about the faciltities at Faxon Farm and the Renovation project, please click here.
This winter, five Lincoln students were selected as Providence Journal all-state athletes. Read more.