Moms Weekend serves up smorgasbord of activities

From an African dance and music concerts to wiffle ball tournaments there is certainly no shortage of festivities for mothers pouring into Athens this weekend.

A staple of Moms Weekend, the AZA! African Dance and Music Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The performance will mark the eighth year of the concert.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $9 for non-OHIO students and free for OU students with a valid student ID.

The Ohio University African Ensemble, directed by associate professor of multicultural music education Paschal Yao Younge and associate professor of dance Zelma Badu-Younge, will showcase a wide variety of African music styles and dances. From the Cote d’Iviore to Northern Ghana, the audience will hear and see an array of tempos, sounds, styles, costumes and movements from all parts of Africa throughout the show.

“In Africa, music is not just playing on instruments it’s a totality of all the instruments,” said Younge. “You’re going to experience everything: theatre, visual arts, drumming — everything.”

For moms and students looking to get out and enjoy the weather, the Southern Ohio Copperheads, along with PRSSA and Sigma Alpha Sigma Mu, a professional sport management fraternity,have teamed up to host the first annual Wifflemania wiffleball tournament. The event will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at McCracken Field.

Teams of three to five looking to compete must pay an entry fee of $10 per person. The winning team will receive a 42” LCD television.

There will also be a homerun derby that team members as well as non-participants can participate in at the cost of $5. Prizes and food will be available for those that participate throughout the day.

For those seeking outdoor action without the competitive edge, the University Program Council will host its 12th annual Moms Walk for the Cure 5K to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer. The event will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Ping Center. This year’s goal is to raise $12,000 to benefit breast cancer research. Registration is $15 per person and ends May 4.

UPC isn’t the only organization putting a philanthropic twist on Moms Weekend — College Book Store now has Moms Weekend T-shirts on sale for $10 that will be available as stock lasts. For each shirt purchased, $2 will be donated to My Sisters Place, a nonprofit that provides services to victims of domestic violence.


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