By Ashleigh Darrach
Students gathered around to support Humber’s varsity programs this week for this year’s edition of Hawk Fest.
The festival, which took place on Sept. 24, is mounted during the Student Athletic Association (SAA’s) Spirit Week each fall. During this time, SAA puts on events such as Hawk Fest, a Humber baseball game, soccer game, Varsity Gala and Alumni Game on Saturday.
This year Hawk Fest hosted between 300 and 400 students, said James DePoe, Humber Athletics events and programming coordinator.
Third year Humber Sports Management student and SAA employee Jonny Moore said, “I think the best part (of Hawk Fest) was running my Hawk Pong game. It was fun watching all of the college students who pride themselves on usually being good at the game, struggle because it was a different version.”
Students played games, entered draws, and ate free pizza. Ballots were drawn every hour for Humber swag bags, a bookstore gift certificate and the top prize, an iPad.
Hawk Fest also helps unite students and varsity athletes by promoting the Hawks Nation program, which is the official fan club of the Humber Hawks.
In order to get free pizza students had to show their Hawk’s Nation member card, or prove that they had installed the Hawk Nation app on their mobile device.
“We now have an app in the Google Play store and in the Apple store, which I’m really hoping catches on this year. It lists all of Humber’s events – meaning all of our varsity home games, but we are trying to tie in a lot of other things, like Hawk Fest for example,” said DePoe.
Hawk Nation members can accumulate points and the more games they attend, the more free swag they can get.
“I joined Hawk Nation last year, and I got so much free Humber Swag just from going to the games. It’s an easy way to get out and meet new people while supporting your school. I told all of my friends to come to Hawk fest and sign up too, because it’s so easy,” said Taylor Hutchinson, third year Sport Management student.