- Siva Rama Krishnan Natarajan
CAPERS’ LAST HOME GAMES OF THE SEASON
Cape Breton University - The Sullivan fieldhouse located in Cape Breton University hosted games on Friday, 10th February, and Saturday, 11th February. The games were held between CBU capers & UPEI panthers between both men’s & women’s teams. The game was exciting and filled with multiple game-changing moments, to say the least. The stadium was packed with a large number of spectators and many students were dressed in orange, representing the orange army that was in support of the home team. The ambiance of the stadium was very energetic as there were many children among the audience who were enjoying the game with their friends and loved ones. This was further complimented by the many stalls offering some game-time favourites such as popcorn and ice cream. Notably, the profits raised by the stalls were meant for a purpose. Any profits raised were set aside for the fund bank of “capers helping capers”. Capers helping capers is an initiative by the students’ union that is managed by the executives and operated by Ava Graham. It focuses on raising funds to address and support communities in society. The union managed to raise $21,000CAD in the previous financial year which was equally donated to: ● Epic youth peer program - tutoring & mentorship program for at-risk youth. ● Atlantic coastal action program ● Loaves & fishes ● Jean Paul Indigenous women’s resource center However, one of the most interesting details about the popcorn stall is that there is no set price for the popcorn. Patrons can pay what they wish to donate to the causes. The charities the union supports change yearly to support a wide range of causes. During the halftime of the games, there was a “shoot for cash, halftime challenge”. Co-Sponsored by Chartwells and Credit Union that is giving one lucky fan the chance to win $5000. Participants were promised a small prize from Credit Union for participating. The lucky contestants must make a lay-up, free throw, 3-pointers, and half-court shot in 24 seconds to win $5000! Our very own Ozzy Omar and Mackenzee Ryan tried this, and even though nobody won, watching the players take their shots was thrilling. Here are the scores of the games:
Friday, 10th February Men’s CBU - 85 UPEI – 82 Women’s CBU - 43 UPEI - 66 Saturday, 11th February Men’s CBU - 69 UPEI - 90 Women’s CBU - 71 UPEI - 55
As the score dictates, the games were interesting and unpredictable. During the intervals, the mascot was present in the stadium to cheer the teams and pose along with the children for pictures. The mascot proved to be one of the most attractive elements of the game, by adding more appeal to the stadium.