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Kickball kicks off Reach 13,000

Submitted by Jacob Ellerbee on August 26, 2013 – 12:34 amNo Comment

Reach 13,000, a canned food drive led by the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps that aims to collect 13,000 canned goods for the Arkansas Food Bank or a similar mission led by the Staff Senate, will begin with kickball Aug. 18 and last until Nov. 15.

The tournament will last from 5 to 11 p.m., though the CLC will begin collecting food and money at 4 p.m. Dinner will be provided from 5 to 7 p.m., the event webpage said.

The CLC took over the program in 2011, at which time they could only play kickball in one field. Last year, they had access to more fields, so they could have more teams. This enabled them to collect more cans, because 60 dollars or cans are required to register a team. Last year, the CLC also made participation mandatory for all its members.

The CLC will celebrate Constitution Day, anniversary of the 1787 signing of the constitution, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center food court and Diamond Cafe. CLC members will serve ice cream and apple pies for one dollar or four canned good donations. Students can also hear music from a disc jockey, receive miniature constitutions or fill out a voter registration form.

Reach 13,000 will conclude with Battle of the Talents, a student-organized and led talent show, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. CLC wants to bring in 3,000 food items at Battle of the Talents alone. Admission is 10 Kool-Aid drink mix packets or ramen noodles, the event webpage said.  Tryouts for Battle of the Talents will take place Oct. 21. Performance applications are on the CLC website under 2K13K.

Additionally, there are canned good drop boxes in every department, and the department that collects the most cans by the drive’s end will get a pizza party. The organization that brings in the most cans will get a pizza party, as well.

“If everyone on campus would just give one can, we could reach our goal of 13,000,” said Nick Steele, CLC coordinator.

Reach 13,000 was conceived by the Student Government Association in 2009. It was originally called Reach 12,00o because that was the university’s population at that time.

When the CLC took over the drive in 2011, it collected 6,000 cans but did not reach their goal. Last year, however, the organization surpassed their goal by collecting 14,000 cans.




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