When you hear the words Christmas Slam, you probably think #ACUCHRISTMASSLAM. But that hashtag is so last holiday season as Students’ Association and Wildcat Reign propose a twist to the competition created to encourage attendance to ACU basketball games.
Last year, SA harnessed the natural competition between social clubs to increase attendance to Christmas Slam, mostly through the use of social media. This year, Wildcat Reign, the Department of Athletics and SA are partnering to up the annie with a proposal to award the winner with money to go toward Sing Song costumes as well as a banner with the winning club’s name on it hanging in Moody Coliseum.
Instead of competing to see who can have the most members represented at the Christmas Slam game on Dec. 4, the competition has been extended to seven games total. There are three women’s games that women’s clubs can get points for attending, three men’s basketball games that mens’ clubs can get points for attending and then Christmas Slam which will be part of the competition for all clubs.
“You are rated on your percentage of attendance and also how many people you bring from outside your club,” said Beau Carter, executive vice president of SA and junior political science major from Farmers Branch. “Also, rated on your creativity and energy at the event.”
Each club will have a designated section in Moody with the goal of seeing which club can get their section the most full.
“So the girls’ job will be to try to get as many guys in their section as possible,” Carter said.
Bryan Maier, president of Wildcat Reign and sophomore math education major from St. Louis, said both the women’s and the men’s coaches have offered $1,500 each to go toward the prize money. He thinks money will also be contributed by SA and from his own organization, Wildcat Reign.
He said he has been communicating with club presidents and that he thinks they are definitely interested.
“They see it as a way to save money in Sing Song,” he said.
Mathew Solomon, president of Frater Sodalis, said he thinks the competition will have some unfavorable consequences.
“It might cultivate negative competition that is already somewhat apparent with Sing Song,” said Solomon, senior information technology major from Round Rock.