After losing its competitor of 16 years, SVSU will host its own fundraising this year, dubbed Battle of the Valley.
BOV kicks off Sunday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the President’s Courtyard. Despite not having a competitor, Student Association will be raising money for The ROCK Center for Youth Development in Midland.
The ROCK provides opportunities to middle and high school students that prepare them for college and professional life.
“They also provide programming to give kids a safe place to be after school and on school breaks,” said Madison Lowry, an exercise science sophomore and the SA philanthropy chair. “This includes camps, Halloween parties, lockins and much more.”
This year, Grand Valley won’t be competing in the fundraising competition, but the events will stay the same.
“The dodgeball tournament, the car smash and the date auction of Phi Significant will be taking place that week,” Lowry said. “We also have a Super Smash Bros tournament put on by Cardinal Radio,
and there will actually be kids there from The ROCK playing.”
The tradition of selling T-shirts will also continue. Master of Public Administration student and SA President Hunter Koch said the slogan on the shirts symbolizes Grand Valley as a weight working against SVSU’s philanthropic efforts.
“That goes with the slogan on the crewnecks, which is ‘Soar without an anchor,’” Koch said.
SA representatives like Lowry are not worried that Grand Valley’s withdraw from BOV will change involvement.
“It really comes down to SVSU having heart,” Lowry said. “We care about our community.”
Koch agreed that enthusiasm for this year’s BOV is high.
“I feel like the energy inside the association is the same if not more than what it has been,” Koch said. “We’re excited and ready to go.”
The week still will end with a football game against Grand Valley on Friday, Oct. 11, but check presentation to The ROCK representatives will not be during the game as in previous years.
Check presentation will instead take place during the football game against Ashland University at 1 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.