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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Students compete in charity olympics

There was only one contest left. Strength and agility wouldn’t help them now. It was last for a reason.

Hands behind their backs, kneeling on the grass, eight students plunged their mouths into the metal pans filled with pumpkin pie.

The pie-eating contest was one of 12 contests held during the UF Big Olympics on Sunday afternoon at Norman Field.

Students for Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted the competition to see which student organization is most involved in the community.

About 50 students on eight teams from seven different organizations competed.

Phi Delta Theta, which had two teams because it had so many members who wanted to participate, won the competition.

The Jamaican-American Student Association, Mortar Board, the Speech and Debate Team, Caribbean Students Association and Faces Modeling Troupe also competed in the event.

The Jamaican-American Student Association donated more than 100 toys, which will be given to youth at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party on Dec. 11. Overall, $105 was raised by the eight competing teams.

John Bonacci, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida, said he hoped the competition would increase community awareness of the organization and actively engage the Student Body.

Multiple UF student organizations had contacted him about getting involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“We didn’t have the resources to have one activity for each organization, so we brought them together,” he said.

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