A cornhole and water pong tournament was held on Mar. 1, in Blum 207. The event was held from 6 p.m.-7 p.m and hosted by Griffon Activity Programming (GAP). GAP also hosts movie nights on Fridays and other events throughout the semester.
Students were able to team up with a friend or another unpartnered student to compete against other teams. The game was tournament style and teams who were not currently playing could spectate.
There were also free snacks and drinks available during the event.
The first place prize for both games was a $100 DICK’S gift card. Second place received a $50 DICK’S gift card.
The event was previously going to be held on Feb. 7, but was rescheduled to have more time to improve the event.
Cornhole and water pong were chosen because of their popularity in the midwest. Jacob Ridens, Director of Student Activities, helped set up and host the event.
“These are some of the classic games we’ll play at like tailgates, hangouts,” Ridens said, “And so anytime you're out, whether you're in the city or not, you'll end up playing these games with some of your friends.”
Ridens also said that the idea of both cornhole and water pong came from students.
“When I was going around asking different students, on campus (and) off campus, some of the fun things that I could do because…we wanted to do a tournament style game,” Ridens said, “Majority of responses were cornhole and water pong.”
Roger Collins, who is also part of GAP, was happy with how the event was turning out.
“We were kind of struggling to get our first event because we haven't done an event besides movie night since welcome week but this is pretty good.” Collins said.
Connor Norris, a criminal justice major, and Ethan Hover, a recreation sports management major, were the winners of the cornhole tournament and both received $100 gift cards.
“It went pretty good,” Norris said, “We warmed up for about 20 minutes, (got our) arms and shoulders loose.”
Both of them were confident in their skills and had prior experience playing cornhole.
“Personally there's never any doubt, I came here expecting to win first.” Hover said.
Students should be on the lookout for more events from GAP. They will be hosting bingo nights in both March and April. They will also be hosting a casino night and making mocktails for safety week.
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