The Office of Student Involvement coordinated with Campus Recreation to bring black light volleyball to the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Fieldhouse on Sept. 23.

The tournament style event lasted just under 3 hours, and involved 6 participating teams. Nothing quite like this event has ever been offered at SNHU. The turnout was better than expected, and participants enjoyed playing.

“I wanted to provide the students with a unique event that incorporated recreation,” said Assistant Director at the Office of Student Involvement, Tom Balestracci.

“I have not seen on campus in the past any type of black-light volleyball tournament and I thought that could be a unique, but also pretty cool event to put on. The students that came loved it! I wanted to also team up with Campus Recreation, specifically Intramurals, so that it could be a cross-campus collaboration between our office and theirs. They did a great job with setting up the volleyball nets, refereeing the games, and being there to help out with facility questions.”

A student employee at the Club Suite and sophomore Andrea True said, “It was very easy to make a team. I went up to the concierge desk and wrote down our names and emails to register. I would definitely do this again, I liked it a lot.”

SNHU freshman and member of one of the final two teams, Devyn Jacobs, said, “I’ve only

played volleyball in gym class, but this went pretty good. It was really fun. To be honest, I was surprised at how many people were here. The event hadn’t been broadcast much. I found out about it through the freshman Facebook page, so it was a great turnout.”

Each member of the winning team left the tournament with Domino’s gift cards as their first

place prize.

Balestracci said, “I might want to plan something like this with black lights again, so we

shall see.”

SNHU students should keep a lookout for more events like this in the future.

Ginny Fagan
Ginny is a junior at SNHU, majoring in English Language and Literature with a minor in Philosophy. She is the Senior Copy Editor for the Penmen Press. In addition to the newspaper, Ginny can often be found working out in the gym, reading Jodi Picoult and Hemingway, writing poetry and looking forward to spending her senior year abroad in England.

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