By: Owen Rode
A snowy day in Findlay didn’t keep the hundreds of kids away. The University of Findlay hosted the annual Martin Luther King’s day event, All Sports Day on Monday.
This gave local kids from around the area the opportunity to participate in all the sports the university has to offer. From Football all the way to wrestling and even swimming.
The activities were hosted by players and coaches of their respective sports and it gave the kids hands-on activities to do throughout the long day. Kids could hit some golf balls or play some soccer on small nets.
All Sports Day was originally held on the Monday after Easter according to the administrative assistant in the athletics department Lisa Coleman.
“Area schools started to not give that day off a few years back and one year it was used as a makeup snow day and we had to cancel,” said Coleman. “So we chose MLK day because all the area schools are consistent with giving it as a vacation day and it’s early enough in the winter season that it won’t likely be used as a snow makeup up day.”
The University’s most popular All Sports Day was its first year according to Coleman but children still come out; snow, sleet, or shine.
“St Michael’s and Liberty Benton schools are both well represented,” said Coleman. “The majority of the attendees are repeat attenders and sibling groups.”
Men’s basketball grad assistant, Kyle Biglin, loves the opportunity for the kids to get some exercise during this time of the year.
“The winter is a tough part of the year for kids to get outside and play.” Says Biglin. “Turning our off day at the university into a day for kids to come play is a pretty special thing. It gives kids the opportunity to interact with people that they probably look up to as well.”
All the events took place in both the FRC and Croy gymnasium. Croy was home the home for men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and also volleyball. While the FRC hosted all the other sports in the main gym.
The event was open to any child, grades 1-6 and was $50 for the entire day.