One Gunn account that has been around for more than a decade is @gunn6thman. The account is meant to highlight the importance of the student section at games. Basketball games feature five players on each team, and the “6th man” cheers on the team before leaving the bench and entering the game. This account was created by the Student Executive Council for the sports commissioner to run as a way to inform the student body of sporting events and engage the student section at games.
For the past three years, Sports Commissioner senior Pooja Bucklin has run the account. “It was created to advertise games more, get the word out about sports that aren’t just football or basketball and organize themes,” she said. “We also wanted to create a social media platform where people can get information on games because not everyone is checking their Schoology avidly.” Through the account, Bucklin hopes to encapsulate the environment of games, along with providing information about them. “I’m trying to have more of a casual feel and capture the atmosphere of being at games and how fun that is,” she said. “[But] we also include information about what games are coming up and how our teams are doing.”
Bucklin has seen a large increase in the number of people who attend sports games. “Before COVID-19 not a lot of people went to games and we didn’t really have a student section,” she said. “But now we’ve grown a lot, and I think that’s largely because the account has doubled in followers and more Gunn students know about it.” Throughout the sports events that have occurred so far this year, Bucklin particularly enjoyed the spirit of the student section at the Gunn vs. Palo Alto High School (Paly) football game. “There were so many people there, and everyone was so hyped,” she said. “Our student section had really good sportsmanship. It’s really important that students celebrate our teams and be excited, but also maintain respect for everyone there.”