(Originally published on thecspn.com)
Forget about March madness, Nerf Madness is where everyone’s at.
On February 10, Mason students gathered in the Mason Intermediate 45 gym for National Honor Society’s annual event Nerf Madness to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Co-advisor Sheila Nimer said that this is their third year doing Nerf Madness, which was created by Connor McCormic, Jackson Brown, Sam Wendell, Dylan Bryant, Carver Nabb, and Connor Bryan.
Nimer said that this event raises money for a good cause in an interesting and fun way.
“I just think it’s a different way to get groups of people together and just another way to raise money for a great cause,” Nimer said. “Instead of asking for donations, it’s having fun, but the money goes to something near and dear to our hearts in Mason.”
NHS President Nathan Rodrigues said that they beat their turnout goal of 50 teams and beat last year’s total of $2,200.
“We had 75 teams, which is the most we’ve had ever,” Rodrigues said. “We’ve already exceeded everything we’ve done in the past, and we’re really excited about it.”
Junior Naren Singh said that he’s excited to compete with the school in a fun way after all of the work done during the school day.
“It’s a pretty big event,” Singh said. “So being able to compete in groups and having so much fun on a Friday while still doing schoolwork is pretty cool.”
Junior Lorayne Perez said that she and her friends are excited to try something new and become closer as a group.
“(We’re excited) for the new experience and to be closer and have more fun as a group,” Perez said.
Perez said that she was surprised to see that some of the people at the event were not high schoolers.
“I thought there were going to be less people,” Perez said. “I thought it was going to be just high school, so it’s a lot of people.”
Rodrigues said that he enjoys seeing the community come together and have fun while still supporting an important cause.
“My favorite part of Nerf Madness is getting to see the entire community come out and have fun while the money goes for a good cause,” Rodrigues said. “Basically anyone coming from the intermediate school all the way up to senior year (can come).”