Last Saturday on October the 2nd, the Grassroots Hoyas put on their annual Grassroots Fest. The Fest is the annual fundraiser that spreads HIV/AIDS prevention awareness and raises money for the cause. This year the Fest focused on “Lose the Shoes” and hosted a 3v3 barefoot soccer tournament.
A month long campaign had pre-registered many teams. Excitement filled North Kehoe field as teammates furiously set up the tables and fields; thankfully helpers from all over, which included Georgetown and Howard worked together to finish last-minute details. Hungry competitors filled into the field ready to kick off their shoes. As the teams signed-in and received their wildly popular Hi-viz shirts, others nibbled on the delicious chips and salsa from Qdoba and the Georgetown Cupcakes.
Action commenced with a thanks and a reminder of the day’s goals. Teams broke up into smaller group for group play. This stage decided who would make the cut into the highly touted elimination round; only eight teams made the cut. After a quick regrouping to give out Team-up bands to the 8 teams, action commenced. The elimination rounds brought out a new sense of urgency in all 8 teams. They wanted the Tomb’s gift certificate. In the end there could only be one and the Falklands triumphed over all.
Overall the 3rd annual Grassroots Fest was a success. All the competitors had a great time, and most importantly we spread awareness. Everyone looks forward to the spring when Grassroots Fests brings the 5k run and more prizes.