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On Tuesday, November 22, the NJIT chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, known as the Professional Engineering Society IEEE, hosted a flag football event. It was held in collaboration with the Women in Computing Society, Association for Computing Machinery, NJIT’s Filipinos in Newark Engaging in Sociocultural Traditions, Student Senate, and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.
The event was held on a soccer field in front of the Wellness and Events Center, and the organization utilized a nearby fire pit for food and drink. Attendees could play flag football themselves, cheer on other attendees’ teams, or spend time by the bonfire while enjoying refreshments.
“One of the main motivations for this event is that NJIT does not have a football team.” said Nakul Kochar, IEEE Public Relations Director, 4th year computer science major. He explained that a common bonding experience for students in high school is attending local games on Friday nights while enjoying food and developing school spirit. However, they may not have these opportunities as college students.
“A lot of college-going students still have those opportunities at other universities, but not at NJIT,” he added. “We decided we wanted to bring that excitement here so that students would have the opportunity to not only play the game, but also observe the game and have a good time overall.”
In traditional American football, a team tries to get the ball into the end zone or goal while running and throwing the ball at their teammates. Meanwhile, the other team tries to stop them by tackling players with the ball. Flag football is different as each player wears a belt with a detachable tag. Instead of tackling a player to the ground, the opposing team simply removes one of their tags.
This safe version of the game has proven itself to be quite popular. The event recorded over 300 attendees, some of whom decided to play a two-handed touch variant as well. “It was great to see everyone having fun after the exams, especially since they put so much effort into the exams,” said Karina Tay, IEEE Events Coordinator and 2nd year electrical engineering major.
“The event was just before Thanksgiving break, so it was a good time for students to relax before the day off.” IEEE is known for its research events that help engineering students, but the organization has many other events planned for spring 2023. This includes other football or soccer events, campfires, hardware product sprints, company-sponsored meetups, LinkedIn workshops, IEEE casino nights, and more.
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