VCU’s first ever Ram Spirit Week kicks off Sunday, April 24 and will run until Sunday, April 30.
A collaborative effort between VCU’s Homecoming Committee and the Activities Programming Board, Ram Spirit Week is a fun, spirit-filled week of activities. With a wide variety of activities ranging from athletics to a concert, Ram Spirit Week is designed to have events for everyone.
As Homecoming was moved to the fall semester, thus leaving a space in the spring semester event calendar, the idea for Ram Spirit Week emerged as a replacement. The goals of the spring Spirit Week are to give students something to look forward to towards the end of the year, bring alumni back, send seniors off and allow spring transfer students to be involved.
Starting Sunday, students are encouraged to come out to the lacrosse and baseball games in the afternoon and attend the Game of Thrones Premiere at 9 p.m. in the Commons Theater. One of the bigger events during the week is the Spring Concert, which will take place on April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom. While the homecoming concert featured big name artists like PartyNextDoor and Rae Sremmurd, the spring concert will focus on local talent with a majority of the artists being VCU students and EDM DJ Oscar Wylde.
“I’m excited for a concert with local talent. It will showcase VCU local talent, which is something we’ve never done before,” Fred Williams, a chemical engineering major and the assistant director of APB, said.
Other week highlights include an Indoor Tailgate on April 25 from 1-4 p.m. in the Virginia Rooms and a Wipe Out Edition Field Day on April 30 from 2-5 p.m. on the Cary St. Field. There will also be an online campaign called Ram Hunt on APB’s social media. Beginning April 25, each morning at 8 a.m. there will be daily challenges on campus. For every challenge completed, participants will be entered to win one of four prizes. Use the hashtag #RamsHunt to participate.
Williams and Arshelle Carter, senior International Business and International Studies major and director of APB, both hope to keep Ram Spirit Week a tradition in years to come.
“It’s our inaugural Ram Spirit Week and we hope it lives on. We’re planning to have it every year,” Carter said.
For up-to-date information on all Ram Spirit Week events and Ram Hunt updates, follow APB on Twitter @APBVCU, Instagram and Snapchat @APB_VCU or like their Facebook page “Activities Programming Board-APB”.
Ram Spirit Week is a collaborative effort between APB and the Homecoming Committee and was made possible by the following campus partnerships:
- The Ram-Gate Indoor Tailgate will feature the Gold Rush Dancers
- Earth Day will have representatives from the Office of Sustainability and the Eco Fashion Club
- Field Day: Wipe Out Edition is in conjunction with Recreational Sports