Athletics News

Fourth Annual Student-Athlete Talent Show Raises Funds for Special Olympics

Feb. 7, 2014

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The University of Louisville Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the fourth Annual Student-Athlete Talent Show last week as part of the athletic department's LCare Student-Athlete Development program.

In this highly-anticipated annual event, teams willingly enter the variety show to see who will take the home the first place prize. This year a "celebrity" panel of athletic department employees including Academic Counselors, the Executive Director of Operations, the Senior Woman Administrator, and Associate Athletic Director of Student Life served as judges.

Defending champions, women's soccer, opened the night with an "Evolution of Beyoncé" dance routine followed by a tribute to the boy bands of the 90's by men's soccer. Rowing, women's track and lacrosse each put forth creative dance routines.

Volleyball had one of the most talented acts with freshman Sydney Cooper singing Royals by Lordes with senior Hannah Kvittle accompanying her on the guitar. A trio from field hockey performed their own "riff-off" from the movie Pitch Perfect.

However, the men's teams proved to be the crowd favorites of the evening with men's tennis, baseball and men's swimming and diving each having unique yet entertaining acts. Baseball's-last minute entry earned a runner-up finish led by freshmen Ryan Summers and Zach Burdi's American Idol impression.

After winning the title the inaugural year of the event in 2010, men's swimming and diving recaptured the first place prize with an impressive dance interpretation of the Lion King, complete with body paint, back flips, and diver Matthias Lindenbauer as their very own Simba.

"The talent show is one of our favorite events as student-athletes here. It's always hilarious and a way for the athletes to get together and have a good time. You never know what you are going to get and it's a great bonding event for all the athletes here," commented SAAC Co-President Monica Negron.

Each year one hundred percent of the admission charges go to a charity chosen by the SAAC. This year, just over $900 was raised and will be donated to Special Olympics of Kentucky.

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