The Navy soccer group has modified its group motto for the 2019 season after reporters on the Capital Gazette known as into query an absence of sensitivity surrounding final yr’s lethal capturing in its Annapolis, Md., newsroom.
The Naval Academy’s superintendent introduced Friday that the motto “Load the Clip,” chosen by soccer group captains, had been changed by “Win the Day.”
“It is always my priority, part of my mission statement, for the Navy to be a good neighbor,” Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean S. Buck mentioned in a press release launched Friday. “The bottom line is, we missed the mark here. The initial internal football team motto selected, ‘Load the Clip,’ was inappropriate and insensitive to the community we call home, and for that, I take responsibility for, and apologize to not only the Capital Gazette, but the entire Annapolis community.”
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In June 2018, a person with a shotgun killed 5 staff of the Capital Gazette inside its newsroom – situated simply miles from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – and wounded two others. In September of that yr, three folks have been killed and three wounded at an Aberdeen Ceremony-Assist about 60 miles from Annapolis.
It has been a convention for a number of years for Navy group captains to create a group motto. Final yr’s motto was “For the Culture.” A Naval Academy spokeswoman mentioned that the “Load the Clip” phrase was meant to be a metaphor for each day gameday preparation.
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo additionally spoke concerning the motto concerning the motto throughout the American Athletic Convention’s media days.
“Clearly it’s a metaphor that speaks to the fact we’re going to battle every weekend, and when you go to battle, you need to have enough ammunition,” Niumatalolo mentioned. “It means you have to be prepared for the fight, and that is a process that happens every day.”
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk agreed with the group’s change of motto forward of the Midshipmen’s Fan Fest on Saturday.
“Our coaches and midshipmen realized that the direction they were headed created sensitivities that were not aligned with the original intent,” Gladchuk mentioned. “It was a lesson learned and it’s important that everything we do at the Naval Academy represents not only appropriate action, but assumed responsibility. We are hopeful we can now put this behind us and ‘Win the Day.'”
Navy opens its season on Aug. 31 in opposition to FCS opponent Holy Cross.