The Hinds Community College athletic programs have a long standing tradition of success, and due to our student-athletes and coaches wanting to uphold this success, a wide variety of emotions and abilities come out when these young men and women are on the playing fields, courts and courses.
Community college athletic programs may not be as extravagant as 4-year universities, but they do have a lot of advantages. Because of scholarships, community college athletes have access to higher education at little or no cost and—if successful—they get the opportunity to continue their education and athletic career at a university. This is true for former Hinds Community College track and field star Robert Wells.
Sometimes the human side of athletics peeks through.
Most sports photos are taken to capture the heat of competition or height of action during an important play or game. But, sometimes, a photo is taken that catches a moment when the coach or player breaks their game face and posture, if only for a moment, to express an emotion they are feeling as a result of a well-executed plan, a victory or moment of frustration or disappointment. And once in a while, a lens is pointed in the direction of that moment.
The 2015 fall semester at Hinds Community College is chock full of activities, especially in the areas of football and men’s and women’s soccer.
As I mentioned in my two previous blog posts, I have two jobs here on the Hinds Community College campus. I currently serve as the college’s Sports Information Director, as well as an assistant coach with the Hinds baseball program.
Mustache March at Joe G. Moss Field in Raymond, MS:
No, fake mustaches were not drawn on these Hinds baseball players. They were temporarily allowed to grow them for a Hinds baseball tradition known as Mustache March.
This baseball fad was begun at Hinds Community College in 2009 and has become a tradition on the diamond because the players love the chance to sport facial hair in March, the only time they are allowed to grow crumb catchers during regular season play. The Hinds head baseball coach, Sam Temple, has a rule. His guys will look professional, classy and clean-cut during baseball season when they are representing themselves, his program and the college. He relaxes this rule only for Mustache March, when the players are allowed to grow mustaches for one month, if they so chose. After regular season play, including play-offs, they may be allowed to grow beards. Temple feels that if the team makes the play-offs, they've earned the luxury of growing a little 'stache, goatee or full beard for all of their hard work during the season.
Take a look at these shots of some of the players sporting their own styles, if only for a fleeting moment during March.