Oozfest, UB Mud Volleyball Tourney, to Be Held On April 26

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: March 21, 1997 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's 13th annual Oozfest, billed as the "largest volleyball tournament played continuously in the mud in North America," will be held on Saturday, April 26, on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Teams must register by Friday, April 4. The tournament, dubbed UB students' "favorite tradition" in Lisa Birnbaum's "New and Improved College Handbook," last year attracted nearly 100 teams, more than 1,000 players and hundreds of fans and spectators.

Six- and eight-member teams representing Western New York businesses, community organizations and colleges and universities, as well as colleges and universities from elsewhere in the Northeast and Canada, traditionally compete for trophies and prizes.

Special awards for "best uniforms" encourage teams to create outfits ranging from snazzy formalwear to casual, often bizarre attire.

Each team will receive Oozfest T-shirts, lunch, commemorative programs and a team photo snapped after the competition. Shower facilities will be provided.

Sponsors are needed, as well as volunteers who can referee, judge, keep score and assist with on-site registration duties, lunch and clean-up.

The all-day event is sponsored by UB's University Student Alumni Board (USAB), the student affiliate of the UB Alumni Association.

Team registration fee is $110 (U.S. currency), with proceeds benefiting the J. Scott Fleming Scholarship Fund. The fund honors students who have demonstrated positive leadership qualities while attending UB.

For further information, call 716-829-2608. Registration information also is available on the Oozfest website: http://wings.buffalo.edu/ind/sbi/usab/Oozfest