News Release: Events, University News

Oct. 10,  2011

Emory Celebrates 175th Anniversary with Pushball, Community Event Oct. 12

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In honor of Emory University’s 175th anniversary, a bit of history will be made with the return of the game of pushball – one of the university’s most legendary traditions – during a special event for the entire Emory community Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The 175th Anniversary Community Celebration is a highlight of Emory’s yearlong effort to mark 175 years of serving the greater good through education, research and outreach. The event takes place from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Asbury Circle, with the pushball games on McDonough Field near 600 Asbury Circle.

What is Pushball?

Pushball – featuring a six-foot-wide ball – was played by generations of Emory students from 1923 to 1955 before being retired due to the increasingly rough nature of the game. Wednesday’s game will follow the rules from the 1940’s found in the university archives, with a reduction of team members from 25 to 11. Each team will seek to push the ball across the other team’s goal line. Doing so scores five points and the game is played in four six-minute quarters.

In addition to pushball, the event begins with a torch relay through campus and lighting of a cauldron on Asbury Circle with Emory President Jim Wagner and Dooley, “the Spirit of Emory,” followed by performances by Emory’s a cappella groups as well as food and games.

175th Anniversary Convocation Dec. 7

On Dec. 7, the university will cap the year’s celebration with a 175th Anniversary Convocation ceremony that will honor the “175 Emory History Makers” chosen earlier this year (most of them Emory alumni) who made history at Emory and beyond, and who speak to Emory’s ethically-engaged scholarship, courageous inquiry and innovation.

Some “History Makers” made their mark through generous financial contributions, such as philanthropist and Emory alumnus, Charles Howard Candler Sr., former Emory Board chairman and Coca-Cola Company founder. Others, like Volunteer Emory founders and 1982 graduates Debbie Genzer and Wendy Rosenberg Nadel, exemplified giving back with human capital.

Other history makers include Verdelle Bellamy, the first African American graduate of Emory, and more alumni such as fashion designer Kenneth Cole, former U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley, former U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Max Cleland, and the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers.


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