Athletes prepare for Slam Dunk Contest

Andrew Snively(Applied Mathmatics, Soph)

RecSports is holding the Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 2, in the Hart Main Gym at 7 p.m.
The event will feature BYU-Idaho student athletes in three different competitions: a three-point shooting contest, a skills contest and the Slam Dunk contest (which is the main event).
Stephen Flanders, a senior studying communication, has been working with the Slam Dunk Contest since October 2012.
“The purpose of the Slam Dunk [Contest] is to bring the students out to a unique, energy-driven event,” Flanders said. “While BYU-I doesn’t have any NBA dunkers, it still is amazing to be able to go out and see how many of our fellow students can dunk.”
Flanders also said he hears students complain that there are no fun things to do in Rexburg during the winter.
“This event is out to prove those statements wrong,” Flanders said.
A new aspect of the event this year, the skills contest, will include three men and three women chosen from the various competitive sports leagues on campus. Two participants will also be chosen from the crowd to compete against the athletes.
The eight competitors will face off in a contest involving a combination of basketball, football and soccer skills.
In addition to the athletic challenges, the event will also feature various performers from the Rexburg area.
A Rexburg jump roping team will be showcased along with the BYU-I cheer, dance and stunt teams. A Little League basketball team from Rexburg will play during one of the intermissions.
An a capella singing group, Some Guys, will perform at the event. Local rap artist Andrew Kemp, a junior studying English, will also perform.
“There is literally something for everyone,” Flanders said. “If they aren’t particularly interested in basketball, they could come to watch the jump roping, the a capella group or come to watch the Skills Contest.”
Eric Hillam, a junior studying exercise physiology, won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2011.
Hillam said dunking for a crowd is different than dunking in an empty gym.
“The adrenaline that you feel when you’re dunking in front of people is huge,” Hillam said. “You jump a lot higher.”
Tickets to the event cost $2 for BYU-I students, $4 for the general public and $10 for a family.

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