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'Wet and Jam' brings outdoor fun to Brockport

by Brianna Bush - Lifestylus Editor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 01:00 pm
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On Sunday, Sept. 16, the sun was shining and beaming down, creating a blanket of heat that students tried to escape. Eagle Global Solidarity: Girl Up, provided The College at Brockport campus a great way to escape the heat with its first ever “Wet and Jam.”

The event was set up on the Trax lawn, right where it could attract many students as they passed by on their way to Harrison Hall to get food. With the music playing, who could miss an event like that?

Girl Up started to prepare for the event around 1:30 p.m., but the event did not fully kickoff until around 3 p.m. when students from all over campus went to enjoy the hot day had fun and stayed cool.

The club had several large storage bins set up on the lawn itself, each one filled with water guns and balloons. The club made sure that there was a multitude of supplies expecting a great turn out because of the weather. 

The event was not a disappointment, many students came and enjoyed what was set out for them. There were snacks and freeze pops in  addition to the water guns and balloons that were available to the students to use.

Many students had water balloon fights, going back and forth throwing them at each other, trying to dodge the others mock attack. It was all fun and games for those who participated.

The participants also had a chance to play a tennis like game with a paddle and a ball. All of the games and activities were geared so that the students attending would be able to have something to do the entire time they were there.

The “Wet and Jam” event was originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9. However, the weather on that day was too cold and rainy for the activities planned, so the event was postponed.

It was not too difficult for Girl Up to reschedule. With the club members working as a unit, Vice President, Michael, Ampomah noted that they were able to get everything ready for both rescheduling and re-planning the occasion.

“We were able to come up with ideas of what to do and how to do it, how to bring people in.” said Ampomah. “It wasn’t too difficult, it was difficult to fill up the balloons.”

The goal of the event was to have people come out, have a good time and enjoy the last days of summer with the good weather that the fine state of New York offered to the campus. The club wanted to promote what it is and what it is about as a whole.

“[Girl Up] is all about supporting young girls in [United States] country that do not have what we have: health care, a good education, support system and other extra stuff that we have.” Ampomah said.

Since there was such a great turnout that had a good impact on students who attended, The club plans to continue holding this event in the future. The club is very excited to see what it can do with this event in the future.

Girl Up has a big Thanksgiving dinner coming up in November for those who are unable to go home to see their families or for those who do not have the means to. The club wants to show that it is there for students and how Girl Up is all about support for those who need it.

The group also has some collaborations coming soon with many different clubs and organizations to help spread the message of support. For those who do not know, Girl Up is a national club and it has members across the United States, all with the same goal, to establish better self esteem in adolescent girls across the nation.

 The club wants to show girls that they should feel limitless instead of discouraged, powerful instead of weak and it wants girls everywhere to follow their dreams and make them into a reality.

For more information on Eagle Solidarity: Girl Up and what they represent you can visit myBROCKPORT and contact the club through the clubs online portals or you can find them on Instagram @suny_brockportgirlup.

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