Sports-A-Palooza takes over Matador Walk

Rugby club informs students at their booth
Rugby club member Rachel Thomas, provides information to festival-goer. (Dede Ogbueze/The Sundial)

Associated Students (AS) held their annual Sports-A-Palooza, where sports clubs set up on Matador Walk to recruit new members and promote their clubs.

AS members drew students in with music, small-competitive basketball and soccer games, some freebies from a Rockstar energy-drink booth along with a dunk tank.

Students were also given the opportunity to meet members of sports clubs such as Women’s Lacrosse, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the Hip-Hop team, Table Tennis, and many more.

The sports clubs decorated their booths with fliers, posters, pictures of volleyball’s baseball’s, basketball’s and other athletic decorations to show support for their teams. Others kept their CSUN spirit by wearing their sports team t-shirts and jerseys.

Rolando Cabral, math major and member of the men’s lacrosse team, said the team is trying to recruit as many people as possible.

“We’d love to recruit younger players so that they stay on the team for a couple of years, but we just want as many players as possible,” Cabral said.

Jennifer Zavala, a fourth year criminology major, said it was not the free Rockstar drinks that caught her attention, but the music and the dance team booth.

“I have loved to dance since I was a little girl, and I was in cheer all four years of high school, so of course I had to check out the Dance Team,” Zavala said. “It’s also been hard to go from dancing/cheering everyday after school in high school to rarely doing it at all.”

Another student interested in dance is hip-hop team member and fourth year Kinesiology major, Maniko Knight.

Knight said she not only wants to promote and recruit members for her club, but she wants to be a friendly face to all new CSUN students as well.

“My goal is to represent CSUN sports, but most importantly I want to be a welcoming and friendly face to all new CSUN students, freshmen and transfer students,” Knight said.

Other members of the hip-hop team shared Knight’s enthusiasm and said who ever is willing to be fierce on stage should tryout.

The sports clubs were happy to introduce themselves to students and more so to interact with potential teammates.

“I met so many people and made so many friends by being a member of the hip-hop team, and I want other students to share the same experience,” Knight said.