In April the Student Government Association (SGA) was approached to fund a Nerf Battle Arena for student leisure time. This ambitious proposal was created when the Recreation Supervisor realized how popular off-Center activities such as laser-tag and paintball were and how great it would be to bring something of that nature to the campus. The proposal included the purchase of eight self-inflating paintball barriers, more than 100 pieces of safety equipment such as protective eye wear, 75+ Nerf guns and arm bands to differentiate between teams. The proposal passed with flying colors and equipment arrived in June.
These Campus Nerf Battles occur on a monthly basis, the equipment is versatile and can be setup indoors and outdoors. The inaugural event which took place in June inside the Gym, saw more than 50 participants! For July, the arena was setup in the Tree Park located in the middle of campus, which offered additional cover and obstacles for participants to utilize to their advantage. This event saw 25 participants and was deemed even more fun than last time by several students.
For future uses, the Recreation Department hopes to continue to make the events bigger and better by offering different game modes, team prizes, different terrain and battle maps, as well as the potential for intramurals to be integrated into the battles. The SGA plans to utilize the NERF Battle Arena when they host dorm versus dorm competitions. Student Recreation Leaders have taken an interest in designing the arenas with different configurations to make the match more engaging and competitive.
Recreation Supervisor Patrick Ulinski commented, “We have found major success in these Campus NERF Battles, especially getting students who might not usually workout or engage in your classic recreational activities involved. It’s especially important to get students engaged with the planning and organization of these events. They are often times more knowledgeable about different game modes, rule-variations and more.”