All of the athletes that participated
A charity event where you exercise in your underwear occurred at The University of Wyoming on Sunday September 28, 2014. The volunteers that were in attendance were student-athletes from the University of Wyoming. The event was hosted by the student athlete advisory committee (SAAC Information) and took place at the indoor practice facility on the athletic grounds. The idea of the charity is to donate the clothes that you wear to the event except for your underwear. By the time you leave you should be driving home half naked.
This is the first time the University of Wyoming has hosted an “Undie Run,” there were fifty student-athletes in attendance and over three hundred articles of clothing donated. Once you got to the event you were split up into two teams. You then had to run through an obstacle course with hurdles and cones and take off your clothes as you went through. The entire event was about thirty to forty five minutes long.
Although the undie run was a success it did not go as smoothly as planed. The original idea had the student athletes running outside to different facilities taking clothes off at each station. The idea got side tracked on account of a rainy storm that brewed in about an hour before everything started and lasted throughout the night. Nicole Walker a SAAC rep said, “We had to come up with a new idea likidy split because the entire night was suppose to be outside.” She also said this was the greatest challenge of the night.
Needless to say this is a unique and different idea for a charity event. It is not an original University of Wyoming idea, it was taken or even borrowed from another institution. This has been done by numerous other colleges, for example Arizona State University does an annual “Undie Run” that is open to the entire student population. Therefor increasing the number of clothing donated by astronomical amounts. Here is a comparison to a more established “Undie Run.” http://www.asubbrun.org/
The student athlete advisory committee is dedicated to bringing student athletes together and helping out the community. The bind that they find themselves in is how do you make community service appealing? Peter Prigge the head of compliance for athletics at the University of Wyoming says,
“We wanted to make a charity event that intrigued student-athletes to come, not many people would have showed up if I told them to just bring a bunch of canned food to my office.”
In addition to this event SAAC also hosts an annual gatorade pong tournament that is a canned food drive. Where students have to bring canned food in order to participate in the event.
With a turnout of fifty plus people at this event it appears that things are headed in the right direction. The students are responding to the idea of interactive charity among student athletes. Tom Thorton a Wyoming football player attended the event and said,”These are fun events that we all look forward to, I wish more student athletes would show up. I have a strong feeling that the gatorade pong tournament will have a lot more people because of the competitive nature of the tournament. I’m looking forward to it!” It appears that the competition at these events has an attraction to the student athletes.
SAAC President: Sam Stratton
Home Coming Event
Although there were only three hundred articles of clothing donate, this is just the beginning of a much larger clothing drive. The student athlete advisory committee recorded their undie run and will be showing a highlight tape on October 8, 2014 at the Wyoming Cowboys homecoming game against San Jose State University. They plan to make the football game into a clothing drive for the fans. The video will show the undie run and the fans will be encouraged to donate clothes on the way into the game and when they leave. There will be buckets for clothes placed at all of the entrances and exits at the stadium.
Even though the Undie Run occurred on a rainy night, it was still a success in which over three hundred articles of clothing were donated. Not only were there clothes donated this event brought student athletes together for a good cause and allowed them to have fun doing so. With the recognition at the homecoming football game the SAAC committee might show and bring more awareness to their events and help these charity events grow even stronger.