Recently the track and field team had their 3rd annual team social. Three years ago Alishea Usery felt that the team felt too large and didn’t fully know one another so she asked Coach Holloway if the team could host an event that would make it possible for everyone on the team to meet and hang out. Coach Holloway told her if she came up with a good plan and put the event together that they could make it happen.
This year’s social was better than ever. Alishea put together a committee and ran the entire event. Along with the entire team they invited advisors, coaches, managers, alumni and anyone else associated with the team and their families to attend. This year, we had help from Zane Breakiron, javelin thrower, who DJ’ d the event for us and from Mike Burris, 400m sprinter, to Jayla Bostic and Hana Sladick, throwers, who took pictures.
Everyone on the team was divided up into four different groups for games and activities designated by the color on their nametags. The groups were mixed up so you were not on smaller teams with people you normally train with. That said it made everyone work with teammates they normally don’t associate with.
A week leading up to the social; athletes, coaches and managers voted on superlatives that were given out with a cute little gift to conclude the night. Some of the superlatives that we voted on were: Most Photogenic, Most inspirational Coach, Drama King and Queen, Best Smile, Nicest, Best Legs and Most Outspoken. The final award, Mr. and Mrs. Orange and Blue, was selected by the coaches and was given to the best representatives of our program.
When you see the track team, try and figure out who won each award, it’s not as easy guessing them as you think!
Thanks a lot to Alishea for coming up with the event that keeps growing and growing each year.
Below are a few additional pictures from the event. Go Gators!