ORONO – Hundreds of University of Maine students soaked up the sunshine Wednesday while helping their community during Maine Day.
More than a thousand students volunteered their time Wednesday morning to help spruce up various areas around campus.
But if raking leaves wasn’t enough to get the students dirty, they could spend the afternoon taking part in different philanthropy events, like ooze-ball, a fundraiser held each year by the Alpha Delta fraternity.
“We are highly built off of service,” said one UMaine student. “Maine Day is just one of those days that it wants to be a good day for everyone, so why not fund raise in a really fun way?”
It’s hard to get more fun – or dirty – than playing volleyball in the mud.
For $36, teams of six competed for the championship title, followed by a barbecue.
This year, the proceeds from oozeball are going to the Collin McMiller foundation for suicide prevention, in honor of an Alpha Delta brother who took his own life last year.