Movers and Shakers

Kent State triumphs against University of Akron in the inaugural Crosstown Throwdown Move Challenge

Kent State and the University of Akron went head-to-head during the Crosstown Throwdown Move Challenge. Faculty and staff competed against “the school down the road” in the event to promote well-being, comradery and healthy competition. The competition took place from Jan. 22 to Feb. 18, challenging participants to engage in diverse physical activities.  

The event was put on with help from Kent State's Recreation and Wellness Services and the University of Akron’s Student Recreation and Wellness Services. The event fostered a sense of community across Kent State campuses and inspired participants to prioritize physical activity.

The competition included activities such as walking the dog, bike riding and even shoveling snow. Each activity had a given number of points that would go towards the running total throughout the time of the event.  

A man on a treadmill

All participants were given a Crosstown Throwdown t-shirt, and those who accumulated 200,000 points were given a Crosstown Throwdown tumbler.  

Participants such as Carmen Roberts, director of academic budget management, expressed her immense appreciation for the opportunity to engage in physical activities beyond traditional exercises.

The competition had 138 participants between the two schools. Kent State had 59 faculty and staff members competing while the University of Akron had 79. Out of the 59 Kent State participants, 19 reached the 200,000-point threshold. David Profusek, senior admissions counselor, racked up the most points with 577,560, followed by Kelly Tilley, athletic embedded mental health provider with 468,929 points.  

A women exercises

Despite having fewer participants, Kent State came out on top with 70,486 minutes, about one and a half months of activity logged and a total of 8,970,485 points.

The results of the competition were announced on Feb. 24, at the Kent State vs. University of Akron men’s basketball game.  

POSTED: Thursday, February 29, 2024 12:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 01:36 PM
Luke Trupo, Flash Communications