Going with the glow

Summer is usually about fun in the sun, but beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, USF students can come out to USF’s Glow in the Park to light up the night.

Cathy Stedman, coordinator for USF Outdoor Recreation, said the USF Riverfront Park event will feature glow-in-the-dark body paints, light shirts, a DJ, free food and drinks and a variety of “glow games.” She said students at the park can play blacklight volleyball, ladder ball, cornhole and even glow canoeing.

“(Glow canoeing) is like our regular moonlight canoeing, only for a shorter time period,” she said. “You get to go out on the Hillsborough River with glow sticks in the dark — it’s pretty fun.”

All students will need is their USF ID, which will allow them to go canoeing and ride the Bull Runner for free transport between the park and campus. The Bull Runner will be running from 7 to 11 p.m. between Juniper Poplar and the park.

Glow in the Park is a collaboration between Campus Recreation, Housing and Residential Education and Student Government, and this is the third year of the event. Stedman said the event started as an opportunity for resident assistants to do something with their residents as a group and for introducing new students to the USF Riverfront Park.

Crystal Bissada, Campus Recreation’s communications and marketing specialist, said the first Glow in the Park was a collaboration between Campus Recreation and SG. She said an event SG had planned was rained out, and SG contacted Campus Recreation about combining its event for the first Glow in the Park. 

“It was such a great event, and the students absolutely loved it that it was a no-brainer to do it again,” she said. “Now it’s become one of the signature events of the summer.”

Stedman said this collaboration between Campus Recreation and SG is really what made the event popular among students.

“What really made the event a success two years ago was SG joining with us and offering glow games,” Stedman said. “Last year we had over 750 people through the gate at the park.”