Who keeps CBXC running? Let’s be real — it’s all about the moms. Behind every team there’s someone keeping the team together. People think of coaches and team managers, but for Christian Brothers cross country it’s all about the moms — they keep the team running. Mrs. Cathy DeVera and Mrs. Val Wong are two CB mothers that […]
Who keeps CBXC running? Let’s be real — it’s all about the moms.
Behind every team there’s someone keeping the team together. People think of coaches and team managers, but for Christian Brothers cross country it’s all about the moms — they keep the team running.
Mrs. Cathy DeVera and Mrs. Val Wong are two CB mothers that keep the cross country team on its feet. From providing snacks and organizing carpools to giving solid life advice, these moms do it all.
“They’re my favorite people,” says varsity runner Nick McHale (’17). “They give so much to this team.”
Both moms put countless hours into planning events and setting up the annual meet CBXC holds for middle schoolers. Mrs. DeVera is around more than her daughter who sadly is not on the team anymore.
“When I’m not at school she’s at school. Every time I’m leaving she’s pulling up to take all the kids to practice,” shares Lauren DeVera (’15). “If that’s not real love I don’t know what is.”
It’s not uncommon for members of the CB family to help out cross country even after they are off the team. On the yearly bonding trip the team takes to Middletown, many alumni parents volunteer to help.
Even though she has no current children as students, Mrs. Rochelle Kaye was a key part in planning Middletown this year. Her son, Parker Kaye ’14, just graduated last school year, but Mrs. Kaye is still one of the most loved team moms in CBXC history.
“Mrs. Kaye even shows up to practice sometimes” says Adam Wong (’16).
Adam Wong’s mother is the much loved Val Wong. She can be found on social media under the popular hashtag #ValWongIsLife.
Val is an immense help to the team; not only does she take care of the event planning aspects, she provides emotional support for the team. She can be heard giving academic advice and relationship tips.
“She shared with me that she and Mr. Wong were friends for a long time before they dated and that is why their relationship is so strong because they were friends first,” shares Erin Donovan (’15).
Mrs. Wong is a central part to CBXC.
“I love her. I can’t race without her. If she’s not at my race I won’t go.”admits Fallon McMahon (’15).
The team moms are core to keeping the team together. Their compassion for the team is felt by each runner. Without Mrs. DeVera and Mrs. Wong the team would be lost.
Nick sums up most Falcon runner’s feelings by saying, “ithout the team moms, I would not do cross country.”