(Fairfield, CT) - Thirty teams came out for a good time and better cause for the “Water Ponging Against Hunger Tournament”, sponsored by SAAC, on Saturday, November 16 at the Pitt Center. Admission into the double-elimination water pong tournament was 15 canned goods per team, resulting in more than 450 canned good items collected and donated to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
“We wanted to provide those less fortunate with the things we are lucky enough to have every day, and I think it’s especially important around this time of year,” said SAAC Co-President Annie Dreher. “Everyone who participated thought it was a great time and cool way to do something for them.”
The tournament was open to all students, many of whom stuck around after the Men’s Basketball game to either participate themselves or enjoy the DJ and root on their friends.
SHU Baseball players Nick Leiningen and Zach Short took home the championship honors, and in doing so also won a five-night, four-day stay at Melia Orlando Suite Hotel in Florida. However, for Leiningen, the opportunity to help others resonated beyond the prize.
“I thought the tournament was awesome,” said Leiningen. “We all love a little fun competition and the fact that we could donate to help the hungry made it even better. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun playing. I think it was a total success and I'm excited that this has been started at SHU!”