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Big Red Sports: February 18, 2010

Glen Cove’s Red Army

Glen Cove High School has had a new addition at its athletic events this school year, and it’s a completely student-run and supported group. The Red Army, as they so affectionately call themselves in honor of the Big Red teams they support, was just an idea a little less than a year ago. That was when current senior Adam Ramadan first began to give thought to an organized student section. This mainly stemmed from his concern about the lack of school spirit among his peers. Once his senior year approached and the summer days began to shorten, Adam met with a group of 10 other seniors, and The Red Army was born. After the first football game, certain Red Army members approached Athletic Director Dr. Silverman and High School Principal Schenker, in order to make sure they were within boundaries.

After some basic rules and regulations were ironed out, the group was off and running. The first organized student section to patrol the athletic events at Glen Cove High School since ‘Section 33’ in the 1980s, the seniors of 2010 hope it’s here to stay. Today, the Army boasts a Facebook group of more than 170 students and has placed three separate orders for the group’s T-shirts totaling 150+ shirts. Spirit has returned to the high school in ways far beyond athletic events, and many attribute it to The Red Army and the energy they carry with themselves wherever they go. Whether the game destination is right here at Glen Cove High’s gymnasium or a high school on the South Shore, the Army finds a way to support its teams, and other schools have noticed. Manhasset High School received a visit from The Red Army during football season and complimented Glen Cove parents, Red Army members, and security personnel on a job well done. Parents from neighbor and rival North Shore made a concerted effort to stay behind after the 14-point victory for the Big Red on Jan. 15 to say job well done.

Still not convinced? Glen Cove High School finished second in a recent survey across Long Island of most school spirited high schools. While the winter athletics season is nearing an end, if you listen closely enough inside of the Glen Cove High School gym, you just might be able to still hear The Red Army supporting the Big Red or see them participating in their famous ‘Rollercoaster’ cheer. Just in case you can’t, lucky for you they’re on YouTube.