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NewsAdd Brooms, a Ball and Ice, and You’ve Got a Wacky Winter Sport

Coverage of the 2006 Broomball Tournament in the Brattleboro Reformer

Many colleges rally around spectator sports like football or basketball, but at Marlboro College, it’s broomball that unites the campus. Loosely based on ice hockey and played on ice with brooms, a ball and street shoes (no skates allowed), broomball might seem too obscure to inspire campus solidarity. However, the college’s annual Broom Bowl tournament is a Marlboro highlight.

Anyone can play broomball, one reason why half the college’s 330 students join a team, with many others braving the cold to cheer them on. But these inventive liberal arts students have added their own twist: in broomball Marlboro-style, it’s not only about winning, but how you look when you play the game. “Broomball is the biggest event at Marlboro. It’s so quirky and fun that it attracts athletes and artists alike,” says Randy Elliott-Knaggs, director of the Outdoor Program.

There is stiff competition to dream up inventive team names and wild outfits to match, like the Bubble Wrap Brigade, Heart of Dorkness, Trailer Trash and British Invasion.For every team bent on scoring that winning goal, there’s another intent on capturing the game’s Golden Broom trophy for best costumes on ice. Faculty and staff members regularly join in the fun on and off the ice.

The 2006 Broom Bowl will take place on the weekend of February 3. Finals will be held on Sunday, February 5, as will the annual costume contest from 12-12:30. A celebratory Polar Plunge will take place in the fire pond with shore-side sauna on the following Wednesday, February 8, weather permitting. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.

 

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