As people around the country honor Memorial Day Weekend to commemorate our nation’s tradition of military service, Irving ISD seniors were starting a tradition of their own. May 27 marked the first annual Superintendent’s Cup competition. Roughly 350 IISD seniors showed up at the Irving YMCA to face-off in soccer, flag football, volleyball and a battery of other sports in order to promote the district’s June 6 baccalaureate service.
Two years ago, IISD Superintendent, Dana Bedden, asked Doug Fox, the executive director of the Irving YMCA, to oversee the school district’s baccalaureate service. Fox accepted on the condition that he be allowed to assemble a committee of students who would work with him to make the service relevant to them.
This year’s committee realized that not only was there no real sense of community between the high schools that have virtually no relationship with each other outside of competitive sports, but this fellowship is exactly what the students need if are to have a meaningful baccalaureate.