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Second Swamp Ball successful

April 26, 2012

 

At IFC’s second annual Swamp Ball tournament April 21, Union Board played against Landon’s Arms at the lower intramural field. –Photo by Shradha Sharma

AUSTIN VINING
Staff Reporter

 

Twenty teams of five to seven players gathered April 21 to participate in the second annual Swamp Ball hosted by Greek Academy, a branch of the Interfraternity Council

 

Christian Scott, a sophomore biology major, said Swamp Ball is a mud volleyball tournament hosted by Greek Academy to raise money for different causes.

 

Med-Camps of Louisiana was chosen to be the recipient of the money raised this year, he said, which was more than $1,200. Med-Camps is a summer camp that focuses on catering to the needs of children with disabilities.

 

Scott said he was pleased that the group was able to raise so much money for Med-Camps. “Some people don’t have the same opportunities as others, and being able to contribute to helping them out is great,” he said.

 

The first Swamp Ball was held April 15, 2011, and was at a location off campus. Greek Academy was very excited to be able to have the event on campus this year, Scott said.

 

“We paved the way for future years and found what works and doesn’t work, so I know it will only get better,” he said.

 

Greek Academy is a program designed to create future leaders within the fraternity system, Scott said.

 

“I joined to help better myself and get new ideas to bring back to my fraternity,” he said. “It’s given me experience as a leader, time management skills and a greater sense of what being a leader is.”

 

Christopher E. Rayner, a senior human resources and political science major, is the one who initially had the idea of Greek Academy.

 

“Mr. (Ron) Cathy, director of career services and Counseling Services, and I began to cultivate the program in summer 2009,” he said, “The first program started fall 2009.”

 

The purpose of Greek Academy is to develop the character of young Greek men, Rayner said. He started the program because he said he felt there was a lack of leadership and unity among young fraternity men, he said.

 

“The guys did an exceptional job,” Rayner said. “I believe the cause chosen was very admirable on the academy’s behalf.”

 

He said the number of members have grown due to the Swamp Ball project. Everything they learned during Greek Academy was projected in all aspects of the event, Rayner said.

 

Jayde Hughes, a junior speech pathology major, said a fellow Orientation Student Leader and past Greek Academy member, Nick Rangel, suggested they get a team together.

 

“I thought it would be a good way to bond with everyone and plus it sounded fun,” she said.

 

Hughes said she had a great time, but she wanted to play more games after her team was eliminated from the bracket. She also said she participated because it was for a good cause.

 

“I think it showed that no matter our differences, we all care about helping others, and that’s all that truly matters,” Hughes said.

 

Lori McAfee, a senior business management major, was part of the winning team, “Sets on the beach.”

 

She said she decided to participate in swamp ball because of her success with the tournament last year.

 

“It always feels great to win,” McAfee said, “It feels even better to win Swamp Ball back to back.”

 

It was a great cause and there was a great turnout, she said. It was a really good idea, and she was happy she was able to help raise money for philanthropy, she said.

 

“I’m glad it was earlier this year so we didn’t have to play in the dark,” McAfee said, “It was windy and cold in the morning, but other than that we enjoyed it.”

 

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