Virtual Celebration of Sports!

Virtual Celebration of Sports!


The Castilleja community came together on Tuesday, May 19th for our very first Virtual Celebration of Sports! While we all would have loved to be together in person for this treasured end-of-year banquet, we were so happy to be able to transform this event and share it online. 

We kicked things off with a wonderful keynote speaker, Coach Lindsay Gottlieb of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who joined us to share her story and many words of wisdom. Next, we celebrated our hardworking fall and winter award winners followed by our dedicated four-season and three-season student-athletes. A favorite moment of the event for many was watching the beautiful and moving highlight video created by our very own Elke Teichmann. 

The night would not have been complete without a few important recognitions. We started by recognizing two amazing coaches, Brenda Villa and Karen Wickers, who have each dedicated ten years to Castilleja Athletics! Next, we thanked Drew Meister for all the wonderful gifts he shared with our community during his two-year stint at the school while getting his graduate degree. We also thanked Jim Pickett for his guidance and support of Casti Athletics since he started working at Castilleja in 2012. And finally, we recognized our 32 fierce seniors for their dedication, strength, and leadership – what an amazing class!

The evening wrapped up with a very special video by our staff singing group, Belong Jovi, who performed an EPIC version of Separate Ways by Journey – Wow!

In the words of Director of Athletics Mary Jo Pruitt, "We love sports, we miss sports! We hope to see you all on the field, court, track, or pool soon!" Thank you to everyone who helped make this year so special, and congrats one last time to all of our amazing teams!

Visit Castilleja Athletics on Facebook and Instagram to enjoy some photos from the event.



Meet the Team

Mary Jo Pruitt

Titles: Director of Athletics and Student Activities

Patrick Burrows

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Middle School Athletic Director, Head Coach, VA Soccer, Head Coach, VA Swimming

Cassie Peters

Titles: Assistant Athletic Director, Head Coach, Varsity and VA Tennis, Advancement Assistant

Jessie Surface

Titles: Director of Sports Performance and Health Services, Head Athletic Trainer, Co-Chair Safety Committee