Written by Mark Deppe, Assistant Director – Student Government & Student Media
We’re taking back the record!
As many of you know, UC Irvine has set the Guinness World Record for Largest Dodgeball Game during Welcome Week the past two years. In 2010 we had 1,745 anteaters play in our inaugural event in The Bren Events Center. Quickly outgrowing that venue, we moved the event to the ARC fields last year and had 4,488 excited students smash the record a second time.
As this event has generated a tremendous amount of campus spirit and positive publicity for UCI it was an easy decision for our students to bring it back. This year the event is getting bigger and better and the game has been moved to 4 p.m. (check-in begins at 2 p.m.) in hopes that more of the local and campus community will participate. There will be a two-hour festival preceding the game with live student entertainment on stage and student groups selling delicious food.
After the game, we will be screening “The Amazing Spider-Man” on our huge outdoor screen. We’ll have the Kogi food truck, the Hawaiian Shaved Ice food truck and Kettle Korn on site to make sure you don’t go hungry.
The first 7,000 attendees will receive a cool t-shirt sponsored by The Hill. This year we were really fortunate to partner with The Hill as t-shirts represent an enormous expense for Dodgeball. Thanks to their generous support, we can continue to outfit students in awesome shirts and The Hill brand gets exposure to thousands of students.
Students will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, including:
- A new bicycle
- $100 American Express Gift Card
- Tickets to Disneyland or Universal Studios
- ACC residents will have the opportunity to win a parking spot for winter quarter or an iPod.
Those are just a few of the highlights as there will be lots of other free goodies.
As the advisor to many of our incredible students in ASUCI, I get to work on many exciting projects that the students come up with. However, being involved with this event stands out as a highlight of my experience at UC Irvine. In addition to the students, the event is supported by so many fantastic campus partners without whom this event would be impossible. To all you, and you know who you are, ASUCI sends you a huge ‘Thank You’!
For more information about Dodgeball, please visit our website at http://www.asuci.uci.edu/welcomeweek/dodgeball
I hope that many Student Affairs colleagues take a few minutes out of their busy day to get in on the fun. I’ll see you out there!