Good Sportsmanship

Jay Nichols ’82, P’11, and Eric Emerson ’81 at the Pan-Mass Challenge

As freshmen, Jay Nichols ’82, P’11, and his ski teammates set a goal to retire the current trophy for the Thompson Division at Babson.

It would take winning their division for the next three years—no small feat. But Nichols and his teammates trained hard, kept their eyes on the prize, and claimed victory in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. The 1982 Thompson Division trophy is displayed in the Webster Center today.

Athletics has played a big role in Nichols’ Babson affiliation. He learned about Babson through his high school soccer coach, who knew former Babson soccer coach Bob Hartwell. When Nichols’ son, Jake ’11, attended the College, Jay went to many of his lacrosse games, where he ran into Babson buddies whose sons were also on the lacrosse team.

Nichols is a strong supporter of the College and Babson Athletics because he believes playing a sport can help students succeed at school and in life. “Athletics teaches you about perseverance, goal-setting, and teamwork,” he says. “It also helps you stay grounded.” Even when you’re flying down the slopes in pursuit of your goal.