Appalachian Hunger Games catch fire Nov. 22
With “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in theaters, Appalachian
State University students will celebrate by fighting hunger in the High Country through an
interactive game based on the book series.
The event will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, on Duck Pond Field off of Stadium Drive and is part of ASU’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
ASU student Chris Criqui hatched the event idea during his sophomore year, when he was able to launch the program through his position within University Housing. The Appalachian Hunger Games will take place for the third time and have been opened up to all club and organizations across the university and community, with Watauga High School participating.
“I recently presented this program at a conference related to community service and civic engagement, so I’m hoping it will spread to other campuses, as well,” Criqui said.
The goal for the Hunger Games is to raise 1,500 cans of food to donate to the Hospitality House of Boone and its Bread of Life Community Kitchen. At last count, there were 1,600 cans. Donations can be dropped off at the Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) outreach center on the ASU campus.
Spectators from throughout the community are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the Appalachian Hunger Games in order to sponsor their favorite tribute, saving them from elimination and keeping them in the games longer.
“What a bonus to have the Appalachian Hunger Games back again so soon,” Hospitality House director of development Todd Carter said. “We are working harder than ever to eradicate hunger, poverty and homelessness in the High Country. Our community kitchen serves an average of 12,000 meals per month, so every bit of awareness and assistance helps a great deal.”
Loosely following the rules in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book series, 24 tributes (randomly chosen “volunteers” in the books) were chosen in a reaping (selection process) this past Friday. To become eligible for the reaping, a tribute nominee had to donate five cans of food to receive one tribute ticket. The more cans donated, the more chances to be selected in the reaping.
For the games, each tribute will be equipped with a balloon and two flag football belts. The arena will contain a variety of markers, sharpies and shields. In order to “die,” a tribute’s balloon must be popped, belt flags removed and shirt marked on by any kind of marker. Last person standing wins.
This year, the rules are essentially the same as in the past; however, a few secret twists will keep everyone on their toes.
For more information, contact Brittany Johnson at (828) 264-1237 or (firstname.lastname@example.org) To learn more about Hospitality House, visit the organization online at http://www.hosphouse.org.