Growing a boy’s body and spirit along with his mind has always been a major piece of Hillside’s mission. And while many of the students enjoy competitive sports, the need for alternatives was recognized in 1998. The first non-scholastic teams were renamed “Intramurals” in 2002 and additional fall options were introduced the next few years: Eco Team, Golf and Sailing. Each of these sports has accomplished its goal of enhancing participation, teamwork and fun during the regular five day/week schedule.
The first and largest sport in which Hillside doesn't compete with other schools is Intramurals, which offers a wide range of fun games that keep the boys active and improve their physical skills, fitness and versatility. A day could include football, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, Four Square or “Doctor Dodgeball” (a creative version of the old standard). The instructors require the boys to run two laps to start each day, offer guidance, and jump into the games as needed, while allowing the boys the freedom to run many of the daily activities.
See a vigorous game of Doctor Dodgeball!
Our sailors enjoy daily outings at scenic Regatta Point on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. The boys typically day sailers out in groups of two or three, though solo trips are also encouraged for the more advanced students. While they receive instruction from the team at Regatta Point, the coaches are nearby in motorboats, and the the sailors have freedom and responsibility in their own boats.
The Hillside Golf team travels to nearby Cyprian Keyes, a local course in Boylston, MA, each day for the fall season. Monday through Thursday, the team utilizes the driving range and putting green. On Friday afternoons, the team leaves campus early and play the par-3 course at Cyprian. The team consists of a mixture of experienced players, as well as some newcomers to the game. Practice areas allow the experienced players to strengthen their game and the beginners to work on learning the fundamentals.
The Eco Team, led by Jen Mitton, Farm Director, offers the boys an even deeper connection with the Farm and the animals, and tends to inspire great passion among its members. The only year-round sport, Eco Team offers a unique blend of hard work, responsibilities and joy for the boys. They feed and care for the animals, distributing grain and hay, filling water buckets, mucking stalls, washing and grooming. They also help with chores around the farm, such as planting, harvesting, digging, cleaning up, building trenches and much more. Seems like a lot of work, and it is – but in return, the boys get to know and be known by the animals, see babies born and nurtured, cuddle rabbits, baby goats and chicks, and gain a great respect for animals and the environment. Hard work, compassion, respect, fun – a product and microcosm of Hillside.
See the boys in action - watch the Eco Team video today!