By Idris Garcia, Chattanooga, TN–The Greek life is looking to play a little hardball to increase attendance at Frost Stadium for softball games.
The top two fraternities and sororities with the highest attendance, at the games March 23 and April 6 will play a game inside Frost Stadium, Josh Modjeski, a junior from Atlanta, Ga., said.
“The winner gets bragging rights and a really cool trophy,” Modjeski said. “We’re getting an old school baseball trophy and getting a plaque with the score and winner. Then we’re going to put a base underneath it, sit’s going to be like the Stanley Cup with plaques all around, so it’ll be something really cool to win.
Modjeski interns for the softball team trying to figure out a way to boost attendance in the fall and thought, about starting with Greek Life, he said.
“I already have a head start with some of my fraternity brothers, so I figured it would be the easiest way to start,” Modjeski said.
The idea while brainstorming with members of the athletic department. Administrators wanted to make the event a Residence Rumble event, but Modjeski said he wanted to try something new.
“I had about a two or three hour meeting with Jay Blackman and Andrew Horton to bounce around ideas, and I figured a lot of people love to win a trophy, compete in sports and they love to tailgate, so it would be a great time to have fun and hang out,” he said. “They wanted to do a youth day, but I thought why not do something with students that isn’t a Residence Rumble.”
One goal is to get everyone to support the softball team because they’re one of the more successful teams on the campus, Modjeski said.
“They’re struggling a little bit this year, but I feel like this will be a good way to get them going, to get a big crowd,” he said. “The two games we are having the event we play App State and [Georgia] Southern, the two teams we hate the most, so it will be a lot of fun.”
The ultimate goal is to make it an annual event that encompasses all campus organizations, he said.
“If it goes further we might do dorms, but that would be a bit more difficult to do, so the plan is to get all student organizations, athletes, and Greek life to participate in the future, Modjeski said. “This will be a great atmosphere because it’s not something like you’re trying to kill each other and win but show the school that we care.”
Modjeski said he hopes to improve the event each year, and has already received support from SGA.
“They’re paying for the second game’s tailgate, which will have food and music, 200 Chattanooga tank tops, and I think they’re trying to do sunglasses, koozies and croakies,” he said. “Even though the competition is just for Greek life the tailgate is for everyone.”
The event will also be a great way to get Greek life to hang out together, instead of just with their organizations, and support the school Modjeski said.
“I feel like Greek life can get stereotyped a lot, and that’s something we cant really get away from because of movies like “Van Wilder” or “Animal House”, but people don’t really know we do a lot for philanthropy and it’s a great opportunity to work together to really show the school that we support them, support athletics, and show everyone that we do care,” he said. “We’re here to support the school and really represent everyone.”
Modjeski said softball games provide a great, fun atmosphere for students.
“A lot of our brothers had never been, so about 15 of us decided to go to a game last year, had a blast and decided to keep coming back.”