PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College athletic department and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the inaugural Storm Kickoff on Monday (Jan. 22). The event pitted the four classes against one another in a fun night of games.
Director of Athletics Kelley Kish said, "This was a great way to start our new semester and new annual tradition at Lake Erie College. We saw so much of our LEC mission and DII attributes exhibited by our student-athletes on this night. I look forward to building on the fun and positive momentum from the event in 2018!"
The event helped benefit the local food bank as each student-athlete was asked to bring a canned good to the event. The freshmen class won the canned good drive as they tallied 42 canned goods, and as a whole over 130 canned goods will be donated to the local food bank.
The points the freshmen class received from the canned good drive put them in the driver's seat of the Storm Kickoff. The first game of the night was knockout. The championship match pitted the sophomores against the juniors with the sophomores grabbing the win. After knockout, the classes squared off in tug-of-war. In the championship, the freshmen class defeated the juniors.
The next event was rock, paper, and scissors. Every student-athlete participated in this game and the only class left standing at the end was the sophomores. The final event of the night was the wheelbarrow race. The championship saw the seniors compete with the juniors in the finals, with the seniors getting the win in the event.
The freshmen class won the event as they had a total of 59 points. The sophomores took a second place finish with 52 points. The seniors came in third with 47 points, and the juniors finished fourth with 46 points. By winning the event, the freshmen class has earned themselves a pizza party.
Freshman baseball player Nathan Birtley added, "I felt that it brought the teams together as a whole. It was a great experience to work together and have some fun with athletes from other sports and different classes."
SAAC Vice President Jordan Jernigan concluded, "For this being the first year of a new event, I think the kickoff ran very smoothly. I look forward to seeing what future SAAC members will do with this new tradition."