This spring, there have been a lot of great moments on the RPS Croquet lawn. Students have been competing in the school’s first-ever intramural croquet championship, seeking the thrill of victory and the fun that comes from rolling through a few wickets before lunchtime. The winner of this year's trophy, ninth grader Ethan Weinberg, will have his name engraved on the school’s new croquet trophy, the Bradford Cup.
The cup is named for past parent and benefactor Joy Bradford, who established the sport at Rutgers Prep and designed the school’s lawn. The tournament has sparked fierce (but friendly) competition among a dozen upper school students. Ninth graders Ojas Awana and Krishna Lekhi, fresh off a victory in their first-ever match, crowed about how much fun they’d had. Tenth grader Pooja Rangarajan, who also swung a mallet for the first time this week, gushed about the game: “I love that it’s so different from other sports.”
Best of all, most of this year’s contenders were underclassmen. Their enthusiasm for croquet ensures that it will flourish at Rutgers Prep for many years to come.