SGA announces Benching for Waterville charity event

The Student Government Association (SGA) recently revealed plans to introduce a novel charity event to the community, called “Benching for Waterville.” The event, which will take place on April 24 at 4p.m. in the field house, will host several teams of four competing in bench presses in four different weight classes.

All profits from event sign-ups will be donated to the Future of Maine Foundation. According to an Official Notice, the Foundation “helps local high school students pay for the expenses of studying in college.” This alliance, according to SGA Publicity Chair Connor Clancy, will not only be beneficial for the students who receive funds, but will also increase ties between the College and the Waterville community.

Although there was “a little hesitation” to make the foundation of the event benching, Clancy believes that the event is accessible to all community members. In an interview, Clancy made clear that SGA hopes the event will be a “community one, not just an athlete event.” Several teams and organizations, along with members of the Physical Plant Department (PPD) and the Waterville Fire Department, have been encouraged to sign up in order to have a diverse group of participants present. Participants can sign up for one of four categories: Men’s, Women’s, Mixed-Gender and Best Costume.

Clancy noted that there will be alternative forms of entertainment available at the event. In addition to benching, music and games like foursquare are expected to make the event appealing to a larger audience, along with food and drink provided by the Korner Store.

Another way that the event planners have leveled the playing field is through the use of a weighted-average mathematical formula to determine the winners. The algorithm, which proved to be successful at similar fundraisers held at the College of the Holy Cross, takes into account the participant’s body weight, their weight benched, and their number of repetitions. The winners will receive prizes reaching up to $100 in value.

SGA is currently accepting sign-ups for the first annual event and hopes to receive a positive response to their exciting idea from the community. Participants will receive a free t-shirt and have their sign-up fee donated.

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