Marlboro College

NewsCommunity in costume grabs brooms, finds ice for quirky winter competition

While other colleges rally around sports like football or basketball, at Marlboro College, it’s broomball. Similar to ice hockey, but played with brooms, a ball and street shoes, broomball weekend is a Marlboro highlight that brings the community together.

Anyone can play broomball, one reason why half the college’s 330 students, along a number of faculty and staff, join a team, and are supported by fellow students and community members cheering from the sidelines. Active enough to attract athletes and eccentric enough to entice artists, broomball is one of the biggest events at Marlboro.

Creative points are awarded for inventive team names and wild outfits, like the British Invasion, the Knee Slappers and the Dead Presidents. While some teams are bent on scoring that winning goal, other teams are more intent on taking the game’s Golden Broom trophy for the best costumes..

The 2007 Broom Bowl is the weekend of February 2, with the first game on Friday at 2:30 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, the games run from 8:30-5:30 p.m..  The finals are Sunday, February 4, with the annual costume contest from 12-12:30 p.m. The campus is located at 2582 South Road in Marlboro, VT.  The ice rink is on the soccer field.

For more details, contact Daniel Garcia-Galili, ’07 at dgg@marlboro.edu.

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