The Oxford English Dictionary defines an athlete’s game face as a neutral or serious facial expression, displaying determination and concentration.
While accurate, such a sterile definition fails to capture the term’s symbolic meaning. Ask a sports fan to name the first image that comes to mind when thinking about his favorite sports memory and there is a good chance he’ll describe an iconic game face.
Considering the increased role the game face photo has come to play in America’s sports culture as technology has continued to evolve and the ease with which photos can now be taken and shared, the staff at USATodayhss.com/Cleveland recently asked its student-athlete social media followers to submit game face photos for use in this story.
From staged, professional photos to silly, impromptu amateur ones, a steady stream of images have come in from Northeast Ohio prep student-athletes.
If you’re an area student-athlete, snap a picture of your game face and send it to us through one of the social media channels. Your athletic mug shot will likely be added to the story.