The carnage is coming. Will you survive?
On Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., that question will be answered as Lakeshore Park and All Campus Events host the first annual Volunteer Vengeance.
This university-themed obstacle course event is sponsored by Campus Carnage, a company founded by UT alumnus Hassaan Stamps.
Inspired by the crowd outside Olympic Park in London, Stamps sought to recreate this "shared life experience" with students across the country. As the team captain of two UT national championship track and field teams, Stamps was no stranger to feats of athletic excellence. Rather, he found the environment beyond the stadium most compelling.
"I knew at that moment I wanted to create an experience that created those cherished moments," Stamps said. "Not to downplay the Olympics, but I have been to a million track meets ... But what I took away from the Olympic experience was the people I met from all over the world and their sheer enjoyment of conversation and community."
Although Volunteer Vengeance aims to promote active, healthy lifestyles among college students, community members are invited to sign up as well.
Participants will test their physical limits on a muddy course of 15 or more obstacles, including UT-themed components like "The Hill," and "The Body Farm."
Enjoying much success at Purdue University, Campus Carnage expects UT's event to attract 600-800 participants and spectators. Among them will be Sarah Frazier, a sports management major doing her practicum with Campus Carnage.
"There are tons of cash prizes embedded in the course, prizes for winners, prizes for simply registering, and for fun games before and after the event," Frazier said.
Through taking part in the event, participants will have the chance to win $1,000. The winners of the obstacle course race will be named "Carnage King" or "Queen."
Despite outward appearance, Campus Carnage serves a higher purpose as well.
Partnered with an organization called Stop Hunger Now, all registration fees will be donated to charity.
"As I was coming up with this platform, I wanted to do my part to help end world hunger," Stamps said. "I did my research and found Stop Hunger Now, and they have been a charity partner since the very beginning.
"What was so dynamic about their organization is the meal packaging program, which aims to bring students, faculty, staff and the community together to prepare meals to help those in need."
Since 1998, Stop Hunger Now has been working to supply food for the nearly 870 million hungry people in the world.
With the funds raised from its events, Campus Carnage hopes to provide 10,000 meals.
"It is all about creating a fun, party-like atmosphere while giving back to the students and raising money for our community partner," Frazier said.
Stamps agrees, and is fully relying on the Volunteer spirit to bring many attendees on Saturday.
"We understand the power of numbers and I challenge all students, faculty, staff and Vol fans in the community to come out and support Volunteer Vengeance," Stamps said. "What better way to spend your Saturday than with a little mud, cash, and partying?"