About 400 alumni and family members enjoyed the festivities of the second annual Alumni Family Game Day on Jan. 14.
Inflatables, raffle giveaways, food and games, a cheer camp, kid-oriented science experiments and campus tours were part of the indoor game day party. The day began with “Breakfast with Elwood” and concluded with a men’s basketball game in Willett Hall.
“This was a day of fun for all ages and lots of smiles,” said Nicole Perkins ’05, associate director of campus events in the alumni office. “Parents reconnected and re-engaged with Longwood and created a love of Longwood among their kids—a new generation of little Lancers.”
An especially popular feature was the two-person “Mad Science” team, who in hands-on activities explained such concepts as why bubbles pop in your hand but not in your hair or on your clothes. Another new twist was the Toddler Zone, a functional fitness room with gymnastics mats where Natalie Kelly-Kimmel, owner of Motion Gymnastics and Tumbling Center of Farmville, led “our smallest Lancers in crawling around, learning how to roll, and reaching and pulling,” said Perkins. More than 50 people climbed the rock wall in the Health and Fitness Center, where most of the activities took place.
“As a student, I knew I belonged to something bigger,” said Perkins. “This event captures that feeling for me. It demonstrates how vibrant the Longwood family really is.”
Alumni Family Game Day involves partnerships with the Department of Athletics, the Health and Fitness Center, ARAMARK and the offices of Admissions and Institutional Advancement.