Jayhawk Buddy System and Kansas Athletics Stage Flash Mob at Border Showdown Game

Feb. 8, 2011


Kansas athletics pulled out all the stops in an effort to entertain fans during Monday’s men’s basketball Border Showdown game against Missouri. The in-game entertainment was highlighted by a flash mob dance performance put on by students who participate in the Jayhawk Buddy System.

KU athletics worked with the office of Associate Vice Provost for Student Success Dr. Frank DeSalvo in coordinating the flash mob. It was organized to highlight the Jayhawk Buddy System and bring a unique form of entertainment to Allen Fieldhouse.

Choreographed by KU Spirit Squad Coordinator Cat Jarzemkoski, students were asked to sign up and participate in three rehearsals the week before the game. However, the recent bout of harsh winter weather limited the performers to just two one-hour rehearsals and a quick review before Monday’s game.

The Jayhawk Buddy System is a university-wide campaign that aims to promote smart decision-making on the part of students. It encourages students to look out for one another and intervene when a friend is in a situation that could potentially be damaging to personal and academic success.

The flash mob can be viewed here.

More information on the Jayhawk Buddy System can be found here.