IUPUI's "Battleships" is for You and the Kids

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As summer comes to a close, time by the pool decreases as the use of academic planners increases. However, this commonly inverse relationship is challenged during the annual Regatta week event hosted by Jagathon. This year, the activity known as "Battleships" was hosted in the Natatorium.

The proceeds of the event benefit the Jagathon team as they strive to raise funds for the Miracle Network at Riley Children’s Hospital. Service to the community is embraced while splashing water into competing canoes in the olympic-size pool. 

Macy Rogers, the current President of Jagathon and senior at IUPUI, is a seasoned battleship participant with 3 years under her belt. “Battleships is a really fun way to bring so many groups on campus together,” Rogers said.

Marissa Schwarz (left) and Mackenzie Yoch (right) posing after their first Battleships experience.

Based on the excitement for the event from experienced canoeing advocates, it was apparent that Battleships is very popular among upperclassmen at IUPUI. After observing the reactions from first-timers, it was obvious that this recurring event still provides a wonderful experience for newcomers, as well. 

Marissa Schwarz and Mackenzie Yoch, freshmen canoe-mates, were wearing soggy clothes and smiles as they exited the pool after their first round. 

“I’m just standing here looking at all of these people like dang. It was scary at first and when we got [in the water] we were just having fun,” Yoch said.

Battleships, an event raising awareness for the “kiddos” at Riley Children’s Hospital, is just one of the many events hosted by Jagathon throughout the year. Rogers continued to advocate for the dance marathon and urges others to join the organization. 

“Text ‘@ 51555’ to iupuidm to register,” Rogers said.

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