Students get a taste of the FIFA World Cup with UMHB’s own Cru Cup Classic

Every year the resident assistants of Independence Village, Beall Hall and Huckins Apartments come together with the collection of dorm dues and put them to good use.

As part of their job, the RAs plan three different campus wide programs or parties because “we like to give them something back,” said senior history and political science double major Adam DuBose, “The functions we put on
are supposed to focus on bringing in students on campus.”

On Feb. 15-18, they are holding a Cru Cup Soccer tournament-style event on the intramural field.

“We’re trying to reach out to the athletes and the international students,” junior business management major Andrea Olson said. “I know it definitely caught the attention of soccer players on campus.”

Since the campus promotes diversity, the RAs want to share the many different cultures with all students.

Junior history major Ben Allen practices for the Cru Cup Classic after one of his classes. Allen is on the England team and is happy to be part of this event. For him it is a step in the right direction in getting people interested in soccer.

Junior history major Ben Allen practices for the Cru Cup Classic after one of his classes. Allen is on the England team and is happy to be part of this event. For him it is a step in the right direction in getting people interested in soccer. Photo by Andra Holbrooks

“We figured we could really connect with them by throwing Cru Cup,” DuBose said.

“I think we have 16 different countries that are represented at UMHB,” DuBose said. “We chose eight teams, so those are going to be the eight different countries playing in the Cru Cup.”

Elimination games will be Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is the “main event — the championship game,” DuBose said. “There will be a half time show, and I think they’re going to have a cultural dance.”

Booths will be set up representing different students’ countries.

“We picked the countries that are most represented, like India, China, Mexico, Japan, Korea and Canada,” Olson said.

Each RA decided on two countries he or she will research, and “they will bring dishes from their countries, some music and a basic history so people can learn about it,” DuBose said.

International students from those countries will help the RAs to make sure they get the facts straight.

All the teams are made up of students, and the final two teams will receive prizes.

“My friend, Thomas Tavaziva, was an RA last semester, and he came up with this idea and talked to all the other RAs to make something that is similar to World Cup, but only better.

“It’s a World Cup experience on the UMHB campus.” junior nursing major Imani Innocent said.

Innocent’s team will stand for Kenya.

“I am excited that they have different countries,” he said. “The maximum people you can have on a team are 11 players. The crazy soccer players from UMHB are taking over.”

Junior history major Ben Allen plays for the university and is on team England for the Cru Cup. Allen said there are three squads made up of the university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams. He believes the World Cup is the world stage for soccer, and is excited to see Americans getting involved with it.

“It’s to have fun and just come out here, and we’re going to be competitive, of course, and we want to win,” Allen said. “For me, soccer is my life. It’s something I’ve done since I was 4 years old.”

The RAs are looking forward to the student body coming together.

“I’m hoping this opens a door for them to see that we want to reach out, have something for them to be involved in,” Olson said. “We care to get to know about their different cultures.”

Author: Andra Holbrooks

Andra is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major from Aledo, TX. She is the Features Page Editor for The Bells. Andra loves spending time with her family, roommates and friends. Although her time at UMHB will soon come to an end, she will always hold the Crusader family dearly in her heart. Her adventure of becoming Features Editor for The Bells began in 2008. Being a writer was not a profession she ever imagined pursuing, but she is thankful for the opportunity God has given her to do so. She enjoys page designing and writing feature stories. After graduation in May, she hopes to use her degree by working for a magazine or reporting for a news station.

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