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First Powderpuff football game getting the ball rolling on a new tradition

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(Photo By: Will Baker)

(Photo By: Will Baker)

By Katelyn Rota

The Stonehill Football team hit the field Saturday, Oct. 24, defeating Bentley. The next day, a different Stonehill football team hit the field to help defeat childhood illnesses.

The game was between upperclassman and underclassman women, and involved men as the coaches, referees, and announcers. The upperclassman defeated the underclassman, 29-22.

The event, run by seniors Lauren Dymek and Natalia Naro, was held as a project for Professor Monique Myers’ Leadership and Communication class. Several people who participated in the game said they hope it will become a tradition on campus.

Naro said the game started as a class project. but turned into a fun event.

“We thought it would be a fun idea for the community, especially focusing on female athletics,” she said.

There were more than 25 women players, 15 coaches, four announcers and over a dozen spectators.

“We were surprised by the turnout and how well everyone responded to our idea. It seemed like a lot of people took an interest in it. It was nice to see so many athletes from the football team participating by helping to coach and referee. We are really hoping we got the ball rolling on a game that can happen between the upperclassman and underclassman each year,” Naro said.

Dymek and Naro started planning the event with faculty and students at the beginning of the semester.

Dymek said finding a way to have fun was key to the event.

“We wanted to make it a fun, engaging event for the community that had a twist. We knew a lot of people had done Powderpuff games in high school and had good experiences, so we thought it would be fun to continue it in college. The coaches and referees were awesome and helped the game to run smoothly,” she said.

The coordinators also asked those who participated to make donations to Boston Children’s Hospital.

“Professor Myers is great because she encourages everyone to try and get out of their comfort zone, which we definitely did through this event when we went around to faculty and staff asking them to donate,” Naro said.

The students who donated were entered into a raffle to win tickets to the Halloween Mixer.

“We raised more money than we had expected to,” Dymek said.

Junior Jamie Block said the event was fun.

“The powderpuff game was definitely a success. I think it was a great event that I would love to see happen again next year. It was really nice for the football boys to show their support. It was so great to see everyone having so much fun for a cause as good as Boston Children’s Hospital,” she said.

The event coordinators credited the football team members for playing a big role in the event’s success.

Colin Markus, a member of the football team, was the announcer for the game.

“He brought a very energetic voice,” Dymek said.

Markus said he hopes the game will be held again in the future.

“I thought the event went really well. The game was super close between the upperclassman and the underclassman. This is definitely something that should be continued on throughout the years because there is definitely potential for the event to grow,” Markus said.

Sophomore Annie Sweeney agreed that the event can grow even bigger next year.

“I had so much fun and I hope we can keep the tradition alive and do it again next year. I think a lot more people will sign up once they hear how fun it was and maybe we will have some more fans too,” she said.

Upperclassman and underclassman apparently feel the same way about making powderpuff games a tradition.

“So many people came together to make it a great event. I’m looking forward to keeping the tradition alive and playing again next year as a senior,” Lianna Jordan, a junior, said.

Junior Tory Boyle said the game brought people together.

“Powderpuff was such a fun way to bring upperclassman and underclassman together. I really hope the tradition continues on because it is a great way to bring people together to have fun while raising money for a good cause,” she said.

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