I remember when I was little and my family would head to Coveleski Stadium to watch our town’s minor league baseball team, the South Bend, Ind., Silverhawks.
I, being rather young, was completely uninterested in baseball or what was happening around me. I was always waiting for the Silverhawks to do something amazing so my favorite activity could take place.
If you guessed the funky chicken, you’re wrong.
It was the wave.
I lived for the wave. What kid didn’t love going to the ballpark or another sporting event and doing the wave? It was the coolest thing ever.
The thing about the wave is, you need people there to do it properly. Yes, there is a proper wave and a lame wave.
I’ll teach you.
A proper wave has full, energetic audience members who are not afraid to participate or get loud. A lame wave has two energetic people while everyone stares awkwardly, or even worse, there is no one present to even do the wave.
If you were wondering if my whole column was going to be about how to properly do the wave, you’d be wrong (although that would be a pretty sweet column).
I want to talk about crowd participation, and more specifically, actually getting crowds to the games.
Stay with me here. I feel really strongly about this which is why I’m hitting it hard early.
At Indiana Wesleyan University, we are truly blessed by all the sports teams we have. These teams have incredibly competitive games, long winning streaks and once-in-a-lifetime shots. And we don’t even have to pay to watch them. We have this opportunity to watch (for free) our friends and classmates score the winning goal, be the hardest hitter and putt the perfect game.
Why would we waste such a great opportunity?
I know everyone’s busy. I’m busy too. But isn’t yelling, screaming, cheering and being with your friends the best stress reliever known to man?
Remember, a proper wave needs energetic people.
Scratch that. A proper wave needs you.