By Maggie Kane
Kalamazoo College’s Athletic Leadership Council (ALC)–a branch of a student-athlete group that is part of the nationally based Student Athlete Advisory Committee–hosted the first of several cookouts at Friday’s softball game.
The goal of the events, senior Michelle Maiuri said, is to engage the student body in the athletic scene at K and attract non-athlete spectators to the games.
The cookouts started as an event at baseball games, said Maiuri. At this point, she said, “we’re really trying to do it for all games.”
The cookouts seem to increase attendance to some degree. “We did have a pretty good turnout this past Friday,” Maiuri said.
Junior Colleen Connor Barrie attended the event on Friday, although the cookout was not her main draw. She went mostly to support a friend on the team, she said. She believes, however, that the ALC’s efforts do help draw student attention to sports.
“The ALC ads and posters and Facebook group [get] the word out,” she said. “When the weather’s nice and people are going to give you free hot dogs and you get to watch a game,” she said, “that’s a really great way to spend an afternoon.”