WHAT: Late Night Madness
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 10 p.m.
For Oklahoma Christian University, intramural athletics thrives in student participation while varsity athletic events struggle. In an effort to garner hype and interest in athletic competitions, the student-led Flight Club looked to other universities for inspiration.
Through this process, they discovered the blueprint for an event for Oklahoma Christian called Late Night Madness.
Previously, the only kick-off for basketball season was the Homecoming pep rally; however, Flight Club desired to do more.
According to senior Maia Zeno, the Flight Club interim vice president and social media marketing manager, the event kicks off the official start of season and the start of practice for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
“I felt this was important to have at Oklahoma Christian because we don’t get very much student involvement when it comes to athletic events, and I figured this would be one of the best ways to encourage student involvement,” Zeno said.
The night will start at 8:30 p.m. with a tailgate outside of the Payne Athletic Center, and the doors to the gym will open at 9:50 p.m. Late Night Madness starts at 10 p.m.
Zeno said students have a lot to look forward to including meeting the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
“There will be a tailgate with free food, cooked by Delta Gamma Sigma, and drinks before Late Night Madness starts and free T-shirts to the first 500 people that arrive,” Zeno said. “[There will be] games and giveaways. The basketball teams are going to have an inter-squad scrimmage and a co-ed scrimmage between social service clubs, and the cheerleaders are performing a really cool routine. There will be a DJ and a Snapchat filter.”
To promote attendance at this event, the Brew is selling a new drink called the Nutty Buddy. With the purchase of a Nutty Buddy, students get a free Late Night Madness sticker.
With the help of the Student Government Association, Student Life, the athletic department and the men of Delta Gamma Sigma, Zeno said Late Night Madness will be a fun event no student will want to miss.
“Students should attend to support Oklahoma Christian’s basketball teams, see the new cheer team and honestly, just have a good time and take a break from school,” Zeno said.