By Ulises Araiza ’11
After a Brophy varsity basketball win over the Desert Vista Thunder, Brophy’s annual Hoopcoming was the place to be on a Friday night.
Despite light rain during the evening, students from throughout the Valley poured in to the David Graham Plaza and Harper Great Hall on Jan. 22 at around 9 p.m. to have a good time.
According to an e-mail sent out the day before Hoopcoming by Assistant Principle for Student Activities Mr. Jeff Glosser, more than 1,500 people were expected to attend the event, and more than 1,200 people had already confirmed their attendance on Facebook, one day before the event.
The Great Hall, where most of the activity took place, was separated into two dance rooms; the north end was used for techno music, while the south end was used for hip-hop.
Any student from any school could go in to the dance for $10, but those who went to the basketball game against Desert Vista could get in for $7 by paying for their entrance during the game. In the Brophy spirit of “Men for Others,” some of the money from the dance will be sent to help the Haitian relief effort.
Water, hot chocolate and the energy drink Redbull were available for students to drink, with the latter receiving most of the attention, at least until supplies ran out.
Apart from dancing in either the techno or hip-hop rooms, there was a live performance by the band KINCH in the Plaza to offer students more musical diversity.
In the techno room, students tended to show off their own original dance moves, while those in the hip-hop room preferred more widely known moves.
“I had a really good time in both rooms,” said Frankie Villegas ’11. “I got to see the band and I liked them too.”
Students had to leave by 11:30 p.m., but were permitted to leave at any time.
Altogether, $2,250 were raised for Haiti from the dance alone adding to $900 that had already been raised the week before, according to a Facebook message sent out by Bryce Muzzy ’10 to the attendees of Hoopcoming.