Story by Emily Sadecki
Among the many things that the recent flurry of snow got in the way of was the annual Student-Athlete Talent Show. Though students are still able to see their athletic abilities on the court and in the field, they will have to wait a bit longer to see their other skills.
Megan Franklin, the associate director of athletics, said the tentative date for the postponed show is April 10.
The talent show is a tradition in the athletic department, and this year it has one of the largest team participations in a long time said Kiah Swanson, head of the social committee for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The committee has been hard at work since October booking a venue, getting judges, convincing teams to be involved, advertising and finalizing details.
Each year the proceeds go towards something different within the athletic department. This year the committee is also putting on a student-athlete formal, which requires fundraising.
“We don’t get much, if any funding in SAAC, so we have to raise all our own money,” said Swanson. “This will really help us to make the student-athlete formal happen.”
First-year Katie Serbin is one of the members of the women’s rowing team, which is contributing an act to the show this year. She said they have been practicing roughly two times a week for three or four weeks.
“My favorite part is getting to spend time doing something fun outside of practice with my teammates,” Serbin said. “It will help us bond as an athletic department as well and not just be individual teams all wearing the same name on the front.”
Swanson said that students who attend can expect to be surprised.
“Even knowing generally what each act contains, I am still always surprised. Every year there are some hilarious acts,” she said.
Although the show had to be postponed, there is a positive note to the inconvenience. Swanson has already had another team ask to be a part of the show since they will have more time to plan their act.
“We would like to emphasize that we encourage the entire Drake community and surrounding community to come join us,” said Swanson, “The show is open to all. It is always a good time with lots of acts.”