Residence Housing Association (RHA) hosted its annual Community Olympics on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Ryder Fieldhouse at 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Erin Fong, the vice president of programming for RHA, began planning for the event two months ago.
“Since this is an annual event, I looked back to previous years and found what I liked and what I did not like so much before anything I did anything else,” she said. “… I worked with my committee to decide on what games we wanted to make an appearance, what we wanted to serve for lunch and if they had any suggestions for improvement.”
This year, RHA collaborated with Brady Duke from Campus Recreation for the event. “(Duke) drew up our schedule of games and the lineups of who will play who,” Fongsaid. “They even provided the referees for our games. Also, Campus Rec is partnered with Jimmy John’s, so through them, we were able to easily provide lunch for the participants.”
Fong sees the Olympics as a way to bring the different residence halls together.
“The main goal of Community Olympics is to unite living communities through friendly com- petition and engaging activities,” she said.
To win the Olympics, Residence Halls had to collect the most points by the end of the event. There were many ways to earn points, including competing in different sports.
The options included bubble soccer, capture the flag, kickball, corn hole, spike ball and can jam.
“Points (were) received by winning games, a flag decorating contest and donating philanthropy items for the Ronald McDonald House through our regional conference,” Fong said.
Even though the Olympics is a competition, Fong enjoys the team-building and comradery that the Olympics bring each year.
“My favorite part is being able to spend a day bonding and having fun with other residents. It truly is such a fun and engaging experience,” she said. “I hope students (left) Community Olympics with the feeling that they have a new sense of camaraderie with the other residents, as well as memories to look back on and smile about.”
UV West residents Emmett Helsel, a biology senior, and Jeralyn Glod, a nursing sophomore, came out for redemption after losing Homecoming court.
“We tried to win Homecoming, and we didn’t win Homecoming, so we’re trying to make up for that,” Glod said.
Before a lunch break provided by Jimmy John’s, UV West won both the bubble soccer and can jam championships. They also won spike ball since the other team forfeited.
Helsel said that he was looking forward to playing kickball, as several members of their team had played the game before.
This year, UV West came in first place, Living Center Southwest second and Living Center Southeast third.
“I was so happy to see the event grow from last year,” said Michael MacFalda, a history education senior and UV West resident assistant. “I hope to see more residents in next year’s competition.”