The Anderson University football field was taken over by the school’s Ultimate team Sunday as the team sneaked in its first warm weather practice in months.
AU junior Chad Schubert said the team of roughly 25 members practiced in a foot of snow last week, attempting to prepare for a tournament in Cincinnati.[Photo on left: Anderson University sophomores Ryan Deeter and Amy Johnson.]
The team’s founder, AU graduate Tim Icard, said playing with the flying disc in a foot of snow was “sickening.”
“It was a lot of fun but the ground was practically pure ice so when we dove, it was like diving on concrete,” Icard said.
Between matches, Icard said, spontaneous snowball fights broke out during practice.
On Sunday, it was all business as the team showed up in shorts and T-shirts, ready to play as temperatures hovered around 50 degrees.
The ground was still sponge-like and waterlogged from the melting snow, but the team managed to practice for a full hour surrounded by patches of unmelted snow and ice.
Icard brought his dog to the practice and allowed him to roam free on the field between matches. Icard admitted that he did not walk the husky mix very often when the ground was snow-covered and the temperature plunged below zero but said he takes the dog for long walks during warm weather.
Hilary Cook tied her black Labrador outside while she capitalized on the warm weather by cleaning up her yard. The Anderson resident said she was hoping to clear the yard of sticks while the weather was warm, having been unable to do so when a foot of snow covered the patch of land.
Though she’d gone outside to complete a chore, Cook said she welcomed the chance to be outdoors. “It feels so good. I just like to be outside.”
—Brandi Watters is a reporter for the Herald Bulletin. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.