One of the events that students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) look forward to during the fall semester is the BCF Olympics. This year, the games were held on September 8, at 5:00 p.m. and the three anxious teams were already gathered at the Daniel Plaza Gazebo, psyched up and waiting to be introduced by BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen. Team 1 consisted of students in Napier and Smith Hall; Team 2 was Ogletree and Lakeside; and Team 3 was off-campus students, Married Housing, Courtyard, and Conrad. Wearing matching t-shirts and game-day face paint, students joined Kinchen around the flag pole for prayer and the singing of the National Anthem by Adjunct Professor of Music Lisa Kinchen.
Teams cheered and waved their hand-painted Olympic flags as competitors gave their all in the challenging games. This year the lineup included the dizzy bat, egg-toss, tug-of-war, conference-bike triathlon (including a swim and canoe ride across Lake Albert), human battleship, and an indoor-relay race. The Olympic games were planned and organized by Athletic Director Neal Potter and Intramural Coordinator Christopher Nelson. Every team was enthusiastic in cheering for their peers as they competed for the prized trophy and bragging rights for a whole year. The competition ended with a tie between Team 1 and Team 3. The tie-breaker was a one-shot corn hole match between Sydney Hagan of Napier and Hugo Garcia of Married Student Housing. Unfortunately for Team 3, Hagan competes in professional corn hole games and, even though Garcia came in close second, Hagan’s years of practice and experience paid off for Team 1.
The Team Spirit Award, which goes to the team that maintains enthusiasm throughout the games and displays the best attitude, also went to Team 1 who could not contain their excitement from the moment they arrived. Residence Assistant Hannah Poldvee stated, “I love this event and the way I get to see everyone’s competitive side come out. The best part is we’re all just happy and cheering for everyone no matter how the score turns out.”
After the winning team was announced and ending prayer, Potter gave a heartfelt thank you to Student Life and Marketing Director Sandra Richards and Dr. Richards, as it was their last Olympics at BCF since they will be retiring in December. Students applauded them and thanked them for their selfless service to the college and the students they have cared for all of these years.
To find out more about BCF events, please call 800.328.2660 ext. 410 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.
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