Swimsuit Sprint Goes Out with a “Chiddy” Bang

Jessica Pena

What does a swimsuit sprint, Chiddy Bang and the University of New Haven have in common? Hosting the biggest event of the semester so far, while also donating money to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and clothes for New Haven families through UNH’s Midnight Run program.

The ultimate prize at the end of the Swimsuit Sprint was a performance by Chiddy Bang in the Botwinik and Bixler Quad.

On Oct. 26, the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon came together with SCOPE, WNHU, The Charger Bulletin, Inter Fraternity Sorority Council (IFSC), the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) and the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) to host the “Swimsuit Sprint.” Participants stripped out of their clothes (with a swimsuit underneath) to give to charity, and run around campus.

The sprint began at Kayo Field at 8 p.m. As students were getting to run, WNHU was playing music in the background, and SCOPE was stationed at the finish line, setting up drinks, food and shirts. A security watch was also organized, consisting of campus police and the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Students were at last given the signal to run, the ultimate prize at the end of the race being a performance by Chiddy Bang in the Botwink and Bixler Quad at 9:30 p.m. Chiddy Bang performed several of his hit songs. The first act got students and the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in a concert-like mood.

“The concert was absolutely amazing,” said junior Amanda Kehoe. “The concert and everything was very well organized, I thought. They had security, which I thought it was good. But most importantly, I think it was good to see everyone come out and support the charity.”

Kehoe was not the only one who felt this way. Many students felt that this was, by far, the coolest event and very organized. The concert came to a close with students wanting an encore.

The event turned out to be very successful, and talk of making it a recurring event is in the works. Kenny Hall, President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, spoke to a delegate of MTV and several other students who said that he wishes to this event again.

According to Hall’s Facebook updates after the spring, over one thousand students came out and participated in the event, which again makes this the biggest event in the semester.