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Jan. 20, 2022 — Incisive questions in a new book by a field hockey alumna

Kendra James is an author and the founder of Shondaland.com, and, as such, has been throwing a lot of light on the worlds of elite schools and their privilege, long before the Operation Varsity Blues bribery scandal and the retracted story by Ruth Shalit Barrett in The Atlantic regarding the lengths parents will go to in order to showcase their athletically-oriented children.

Later this year, she’s going to be releasing a book called Admissions: A Memoir of Surving Boarding School.

Elle Magazine has an excerpt of it regarding James’ time on the Thirds team (a level of sport mostly found in New England preparatory schools which exists to encourage participation) at Watertown Taft (Conn.). The excerpt is, to be sure, uncomfortable reading, but I encourage each and every one of you to look at it and put yourself in the place of James when you feel her being micro-aggressed.

And I hope that, if you’re a gatekeeper — coach, administrator, director — that is, someone who makes decisions as to who participates in a sport, you take James’ words to heart. The person you give a chance to in terms of game-play may turn out to be your best player.