Students playing mud volleyball

KU students are gettin’ dirty for a good cause

Students playing mud volleyball
Hawk Mud Fest 2009

April 9 is the last day to register for the second annual Hawk Mud Fest at the University of Kansas.

The mud volleyball tournament is sponsored by Students for KU — KU Endowment’s student foundation organization. The mud fest kicks off at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at the field west of the Library Annex, 1880 Westbrooke Drive, south of Bob Billings Parkway.

Students for KU’s mission is to educate students about the importance of private support at KU through leadership, philanthropy and service. Proceeds from the mud fest will support the Students for KU Student Leadership Award, which recognizes student leaders who have made significant contributions to the enrichment and future success of the university.

Chelsea Rettenmaier, media relations officer of Students for KU, said that by the time the event starts, the fields will have been flooded with water. From then on, it’s anyone’s guess as to how dirty the participants will get.

“I’ve seen pictures from last year’s event, and it looked really fun,” Rettenmaier said. “All the people involved had a good time.”

The event is open to all KU students who register and pay a fee of $15 per person, or $90 for a team of six. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Members of the winning team will receive individual medals and a trophy. Registration and additional information is available at, or by contacting Sarah Phillips at 785-832-7420, or

KU Endowment is the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Michelle Keller

Assistant Vice President, Communications and Donor Relations 785-832-7336

Michelle Strickland

Media Relations 785-832-7363