First off, apologies for the lack of originality, as I’m sure almost all Darden bloggers cover this topic at some point. Regardless, much of Darden’s awesomeness is attributed to its well-rounded student body, and one series of events perfectly exemplifies that awesomeness: Darden Cup.
For anyone unfamiliar, Darden students take classes with the same students for the first year, forming a section of approximately 65 students. Sections (there are 5) develop a lot of pride, and compete with each other through a variety of charitable and athletic competitions throughout the school year. On the athletic side, the Darden Cup tournaments this past fall included softball, football, and soccer. Even as someone who is an average participant in each sport, the events are literally some of the most fun I’ve had in years. The format of each event usually involves some type of round robin, where each section will play at least two other sections, before sections are seeded and enter playoff play. In sports where you participate in playoff games, you’re usually playing four games, each lasting around forty minutes. In totality, I’d describe these events as college intramurals on steroids. To elaborate: