The Avengers, Napoleon Dynamite, Crunk and a Whoopee Cushion were all present at the second annual Costume Kickball. Or at least good representations of these iconic characters all came out to the rec fields to compete for the second annual kickball championship.
Campus Recreation hosted the event Oct. 31 to help celebrate the Halloween holiday. The event took the popular activity of kickball and combined it with traditional costumes to create an atmosphere of comedy and good sport.
“This type of event targets all students, but specifically students who just want to have fun,” Director of Campus Recreation Sue Weaver said. “Students who might not be quite as competitive or athletic might also be attracted to this type of event, so we like to find events that might be attractive to this type student.”
Weaver and the campus rec staff have started holding more of these stand-alone events lately in addition to the typical intramural activities.
“A lot of students also don’t have the amount of time an intramural league sometimes requires,” she said. “One-night events are also great for them.”
Four teams signed up for the kickball tournament: Trans-Am, Suns out Guns out, Here Come the Runs and last but not least SGA, a group comprised of the university’s politicians.
Play commenced at 5:30 p.m. and from the outset it was apparent that the teams’ focus was on a good time, not necessarily a flawless kickball performance. The good nature shared between the competitors became obvious at one point when a first baseman toppled over into the mud in a tangle of ostrich and human legs; the victim along with everyone else shared a good laugh.
Junior marketing and economics double major Ryan Sewell was dressed as a whoopee cushion when he showed up to play for team SGA. He enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere but was also trying to make some noise in the championship run.
“I like that people have some ridiculous costumes and it’s just really laid back and people are having fun,” Sewell said. “I mean I’m trying to get an intramural championship shirt, so once I found out I get a shirt for winning, no holdbacks.”
Luckily for Sewell and company they won their first game in dominating fashion, getting their chance to play for a kickball title. In the championship game, SGA got off to a quick 8-0 lead. For a while it looked like SGA would run away with the game, but Suns Out Guns Out wasn’t going to go away without a fight.
In the bottom of the seventh inning Suns Out Guns Out finally got their offense going kicking off five straight scores to get within three. But the desperate push wasn’t enough in the end as the SGA defense finally forced three outs to take the Costume Kickball championship.
The rec field quickly turned into a celebration as SGA team captain Alyssa Hollie, a senior exercise sport science major, draped the American flag around her shoulders to celebrate in true Olympian fashion.
Hollie was responsible for getting the SGA team together. She said that her favorite part of the event was just having fun with some members of the SGA board. Karl Baker added that he thought the event was a great team building exercise for their group.
Perhaps the biggest advantage that the champions had was the fact that they had a celebrity appearance from Crunk. The mascot turned out to be one of their best players. When asked to comment he simply said, “Go Cru.”