NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton Athletic Mentors (WAMs), a leadership group of student-athletes from each of the college's 21 varsity sports programs, will host the fifteenth annual Big Event Weekend on Friday, February 8 through Saturday, February 9 to promote sobriety among college students and to contribute to the local community.
The Big Event, sponsored by the Venture Fund in collaboration with the office of Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership (SAIL), the program is designed to raise awareness about alcohol misuse and abuse by establishing a dry weekend on campus while sponsoring numerous social events and activities for students. As part of the effort, the college is encouraged to not issue approval for any events that include alcohol service during the weekend.
The event will feature inflatables and food, as well as several booths. The booths include: the fastest shot, batting cages, decorate a shirt, polaroids with Roary Lyon, and a craft booth. DJ Adam Bass from the Wheaton College radio will be MCing the event.
Saturday's events are open to the community from 5-7 p.m. and Wheaton College students from 7-10 p.m.
Wheaton students are also encouraged to help support the women's and men's basketball teams by wearing blue to their contests. The women will host Fischer College on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., while the men are set to host Babson College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The purpose of the WAMs, which is Wheaton's student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC), is to provide a forum for student-athletes and to serve as a liaison between the student-athletes and administration at the academic and athletic levels. The WAMs design and implement programs to encourage academic achievement, health promotion, and social responsibility to enhance the student-athlete experience.