ACU’s second annual Christmas Slam will take place in Moody Coliseum next Tuesday.
“Last year we had about 1,500 people at Christmas Slam, and talking to the Students’ Association, they want to double that and get about 3,000 this year,” John Houser, assistant athletic director of operations said. “This is the biggest event for basketball all year and we pull together the Student’s Association and Student Life, as well as working with our coaches to get everything planned out.”
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will face off against Texas A&M Commerce in Lone Star Conference matchups, with halftime shows that designed to entertain students.
“We are bringing in Team Big Air, which is a national act that will come in at half time of the men’s game.” Houser said. “They are a dunk team that brings the trampolines and stuff like that.”
Last year’s Christmas Slam is remembered as the event where everyone ‘Wobbled” in Moody Coliseum during halftime. Mark Jackson, director of Student Organizations, said they are looking to follow that up with another popular dance move.
“We have talked to both Shades and Sanctify about doing some type of dance, either both groups together or individually, at halftime of the women’s game,” Jackson said. “We have also talked about instead of doing the Wobble, doing a Gangnam Style dance at halftime. We want student interaction not only in the stands but on the court as well.”
With the Wildcats heading for Division I basketball next season, the Christmas Slam is intended to build ACU traditions that will extend into the future of Wildcat basketball on campus.
“College basketball is something we are trying to get the students involved and get them energized because these are the first steps of building a tradition,” Houser said. “This is a place to come and have fun, and there is no other place on campus where you can come and yell for two hours. It is something that we need to do over the next year, start building traditions.”