On November 16, Capitol One Bank and Hofstra University Athletics hosted the second annual Pride Fan Fest.
People from all over Long Island came to enjoy the fun and games of the festivities, which included a bounce house, live music from local band Slingshot, and a photo booth to capture all the memories on film; and later that evening the men’s basketball game.
Pride fan fest included many events to get the crowd going, one which was the Student Club Organization Challenge, in which various fraternities, sororities, and other clubs from Hofstra competed for the chance to win $1,000 donated by Capitol One. Registration for the competition was simple; students had to show up to fan fest and sign in indicating their club. The club with the most signatures competed in a free throw shooting contest for the $1,000 grand prize. Delta Phi Epsilon ended up being the lucky winner of a competitive fun-filled night.
Pride fan fest T-Shirts, donated by Capital One, were also given away to students.
Tori Rocha, junior, was “surprised by the huge turnout” but was happy to help support Hofstra in anyway possible.
After the fan fest events concluded, the first men’s basketball home game was played in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Hofstra played South Dakota State. The men’s basketball team dueled with South Dakota State all night long with the lead changing constantly. Sophomore, Shaquille Stokes, shot the game winning 3-point shot with 3 seconds left to secure the pride’s 66-63 victory.
Fan fest was a dynamic night that will hopefully stay around for many years to come.
– Kenyana Hammonds