Hit the Bricks is one of two signature campus events every fall (the other is Project Pumpkin – more on that in a moment). Hit the Bricks was held this past Thursday, the day before Family Weekend started. There is a nice article on the Wake Forest news website about Hit the Bricks. Here is a little taste of it:
“More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff participated in Thursday’s Hit the Bricks event, an eight-hour relay race along the brick pathways on campus that honors the memory of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest All-American football player who passed away at age 26 from cancer during his career with the Chicago Bears.
In 2003, at the inaugural Hit the Bricks, 17 teams participated and raised nearly $4,000. Eleven years later, 89 teams participated. Together they raised more than $28,000 and nearly 23,000 laps were run around the plaza. All of the funds raised support the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health.”
As the young people would say, “awesome sauce.” See the Hit the Bricks photo gallery: See more on Flickr
Next up is Project Pumpkin, which will take place on October 30th. This is a wonderful event that brings over 1,000 local at-risk schoolchildren to campus to trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment. This effort is led by our students, who organize a theme, carnival games, face painting, and more. It is so much fun, and it helps give our students some much-needed fun (who doesn’t love to dress up and be as silly as you want to be once a year?) It also exposes students to younger kids, and for those who have much younger brothers or sisters at home, this is a way to have some surrogates to play with for an afternoon.
If your student is still looking for ways to get involved on campus, please do recommend volunteering as part of Project Pumpkin. Students will meet a lot of other Deacs and can make fun connections, and also work toward our motto of Pro Humanitate. Everybody wins.