Graduating Senior Will Adams

Posted: April 16, 2015 at 11:01 am, Last Updated: April 17, 2015 at 10:59 am


Will never met a sport he didn’t like.   From swimming, soccer and cross country, to flag football, handball, and dodgeball, he’s participated in many, if not most, sports.   But where did it all begin?

Will credits his grandfather, Papa, as being his biggest inspiration and motivation.  During his childhood, he spent every summer with his grandparents in Fairfax, Virginia, where he learned how to swim.   At the age of 6, he started swimming for the Commonwealth Swim & Tennis Club where he spent all day, every day at the pool.

As he grew and became a stronger swimmer, he won three summer league coaches awards for being an all-around good athlete, a good sport, a team player and a help to the coaches and swimmers.  As early as 8 years old, he declared he would one day coach for the Club, and at 19, that declaration came true and he coached the Club’s team for two years.  In addition to summer league swimming and coaching, he swam for his high school and lettered all four years as well as earning MVP his senior year.

Will was also successful in cross country earning the nickname “Will the Thrill” his junior year.  He continued to improve and lettered all 4 years as well as receiving the titles of most improved and all area honorable mention his junior year.

In addition to swimming and cross country, Will played soccer.  He started playing at the age of 4, and continued through high school where he earned most improved during his sophomore year and lettered his junior and senior years.  He continued playing soccer for Mason’s intramural soccer team and played all four years.  Will says, “I’m an energetic guy.  I think I’ve played every intramural sport offered!  And I’ve been told I have a good sense of humor.  I want to have fun in everything I do.”

But his love of sports doesn’t stop there.  In addition to playing, he officiates every sport offered by Intramurals and is certified to officiate contact football for JV, freshman and pee wee in Northern Virginia through the Northern Virginia Football Officials Association.

Will is currently working as an Intramural Program Assistant and supervises officials.  He’s been accepted as a Graduate Assistant for Intramurals at the University at Albany in the fall.  He’s not positive what his field of study will be, but he thinks he’ll do something in education.

Will graduates in May with a BFA – concentration in painting.

By Jennifer Lehman, MS RYT