Love, Set, Match… just some of the words that you would have heard on the tennis courts at the Henderson Falls Park Cookout and Tennis Tournament. For a while students have been wanting such an event and on October 5th 2013, some of our tennis lovers’ dreams came true. SGA’s Social Life team planned this event with three divisions in the tournament: men’s singles, women’s singles, and doubles. While each player tirelessly worked to gain a spot in the finals, spectators cheered for friends, significant others, and classmates. If one did not participate in the tournament there were other activities to take part in. These activities included: the much loved and often played corn hole; a recent addition to the TFC repertoire -Kan Jam; exploring the nature at Henderson Falls Park; eating cookout food and drinking vanilla Coke; listening to chill music; and making memories with groups of friends.
There were three divisions of this tournament happening simultaneously on this bright Saturday afternoon. Johnny Miller, TFC’s intramural sports director, was very excited about the turnout for the tournament because when sign ups began not many people signed-up, but as the deadline got closer people filled the slots. His only wish for the event was that more women signed up for the single’s portion. He’s excited for the other upcoming tournaments such as dodgeball, Spike ball, and 3-on-3 basketball. After many rounds and almost four hours the tournament came to a close. Josh Castner and Esther Perisho came out to win the singles’ divisions of the tournament. Esther Perisho was also half of the winning team for the doubles division along with David Moorman. Overall, the tennis portion of the event was a success!
Tennis wasn’t the only competition going on; Kan Jam and corn hole were played recreationally. Kan Jam seems to be a new favorite at TFC; it has appeared at many of the events this year including the welcome ice cream social, Forrest open dorm ,and now the Henderson Falls cookout. Cornhole is a classic southern game that was enjoyed by many of the students and sometimes the boards were used as miniature jungle gyms for the little ones that attended the event.
You can’t have a cookout without the classic cook out food. Matthew Thorpe was on the grill, making sure the hamburgers and hot dogs were cooked to perfection before handing them off to the savages otherwise known as college students. There was a rare treat of Vanilla Coke as one of the beverages, which is a personal favorite. Hannah Spotswood, a Junior here at TFC, described the food as yummy.
If none of these activities appealed to you then maybe just enjoying life in God’s creation with close friends and music in the background is your kind of scene. Scattered across the park were groups of TFC students sitting in clusters laughing and talking with each other and enjoying the perfectly good weather. In the background played an array of good music such as Mumford and Sons, The Fray, Ben Rector, Civil Wars and Lecrae. Everyone seemed to enjoy the music selection until Glee came on… that was changed quickly to something of a higher quality. Student Kinsey Whittet, a Sophomore, said that the good music playing was all that mattered. Some students wandered away from the activities and explored some of the quiet nature of Henderson Falls by walking in the park or goofing off in the waterfall.
After the day of fun the event started to die down around 5pm, but the tournament did not end until almost 7:30. When asked about the event, Jorge Gonzalez and Preston Kitchings, both members of the Social Life committee, said that event went well. “On a scale from one to ten, it’s a ten and the work was worth it.” We have a good, hardworking team for SGA’s Social Life this year and we can not wait to see what they have planned for the rest of the year. Deuces.