Wallyball helps raise awareness for fair trade

By Thomas Breslin
October 22, 2014

Students and faculty laced up their sneakers and showed off their athletic ability playing wallyball to help support a fair trade. The tournament was held on Oct. 13 in the Dixon Center and, like past years, was a success.

Wallyball is a similar sport to volleyball. Wallyball is played in the squash courts in the Dixon Center where players are able to bounce the balls off the side walls.

This year’s tournament consisted of six teams with three to four players on a team. The tournament was set up as best out of three games and each game went to 15 points. The games illustrated a high level of competitiveness between the teams.

Dr. Stephanie Colbry, assistant professor of business administration at Cabrini College, organized the event. This was Colbry’s second year organizing the event.

“This event is to bring awareness to fair trade,” Colbry said.

Cabrini College has used the wallyball tournament to promote awareness of fair trade for multiple years. The competitiveness of the games and fun of the game is why students love to come out and play as well as support a cause for fair trade.

“The energy of the games was what I liked the most,” Christian Ridenhour, freshman marketing major, said.

Fair trade practices began six years ago at Cabrini College and have had a lot of success.

Cabrini College is one of the- few colleges in the nation that are titled to being a fair trade college or university. In the last couple of years, Cabrini College began selling a number of different fair trade items on campus such as chocolate, bananas, coffee, tea, sugar, quinoa and rice.

Cabrini College would not have earned the status of a fair trade college without the efforts and commitment from students and faculty. It is an extraordinary accomplishment that Cabrini has earned and the college looks to build on fair trade more for years to come.

Students and faculty at Cabrini see the importance to promote fair trade and how having fun playing wallyball is an easy way to help support the cause.

“It’s good to come out and raise awareness for fair trade,” Ridenhour said.


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Thomas Breslin

Currently a junior at Cabrini College studying Communications and a minor in English. First year as a staff writer for the Loquitur

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