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Tenth Annual Chili Bowl Brings Campus Together

One of the hallmarks of college campus life usually revolves around sports teams that bring the student body together. Regent University takes this another step further with a tournament of football teams that compete for the prized Chili Bowl Championship.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Regent community gathered for the 10th Annual Chili Bowl Championship and Tailgate. There was something for everyone on this warm fall day, as community members of all ages enjoyed food, games, rides, line dancing, and of course, football. 

"Having attended the first Chili Bowl in 2004, it has been amazing to see how much the event has grown," said director of alumni relations, Melissa Fuquay. "Our Associate Director, Christi Hamrick, has taken the Chili Bowl to a whole new level, incorporating so many activities to bring out our alumni and their families." 

Before the championship game's coin toss, conducted by Regent's founder, chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, an Alumni All-Star game featuring a mix of players from previous Chili Bowl teams served as a warm-up to the main event. 

A heated game between a team of third-year law students, Frolic and Detour, and the defending Chili Bowl champions Cottage Cheese, resulted in four overtimes, a few heart-pounding close calls, and a final score of 38-32 with Cottage Cheese taking home their third championship trophy. 

"I couldn't be more proud of Cottage Cheese for achieving a third win in the Chili Bowl," said long-time fan Christen Allocco '12 (CAS). "I really enjoyed watching the guys play their hardest and was happy to celebrate with them at the end of the game. They were outnumbered in players but the teamwork they've built over the years was stronger than any opposing force." 

 The Chili Bowl derives its name from the homemade chili cook-off held in conjunction with the championship game each year. The university's vice presidents, along with the chancellor, judge the chili entries and announce the winner each year during half-time. This year's winner was Kashmir Balistreri, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). 

For the third consecutive year, the Chili Bowl also coincided with Parents Weekend, an annual event for the parents of undergraduate students on campus to visit, explore Regent life, and to meet with professors and administration. They also had the chance to attend classes, see student work showcased, and view award-winning student films. 

This year's Parents Weekend also featured for the first time a bonfire and pep rally on Friday, Nov. 8, with an outdoor concert by Christian hip-hop artist Je'kob. Students and their parents came together to rally for their choice football team and enjoy fall festivities around the fire together before joining the wider community for the game Saturday afternoon. 

The combined audience of students, parents and alumni at the Chili Bowl make this annual event an important part of Regent's tight-knit community.

Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888