William Woods will conduct its ninth annual CourtWarming the last week of February, and SERVE of Callaway County will be the beneficiary. Festivities begin Feb 24 and include a pep rally, an event highlighting Olympic Gold medalist, Helen Stephens, and a formal open to all students.
A pep rally, including games and giveaways, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in Anderson Arena. Attendees can receive a free CourtWarming t-shirt if they bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to SERVE.
The following day, at 3 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, Dr. Shawn Hull will lead a discussion exploring the history of Helen Stephens, a WWU alumna. This event commemorates the 80th anniversary of Stephens winning gold medals in the 1936 Olympics.
William Woods University’s first-ever CourtWarming formal will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 26 in Tucker Dining Hall. Tickets for the dance are $3 per person, and there will be cash bar, live DJ, food and a photo booth for participants.
Stephen Merriott, CourtWarming chairman, explained the addition of the dance this year: “The idea for this event was for everyone to come as William Woods students, forgetting affiliations with specific clubs, organizations and athletic teams, and just have a good time.”
The CourtWarming King and Queen will be announced between the women’s and men’s basketball games Feb. 27 in Anderson Arena. The Owls will host the Columbia College Cougars, whose men’s and women’s teams both are currently ranked #5 in the NAIA. The games will be played at 2 and 4:30 p.m. with the women playing first. Attendees bringing a non-perishable food item to the game can receive a free CourtWarming t-shirt there as well.