JayRock A Hit as Variety Show Turns Nine
Kansas student-athletes exhibited their lighter side with live skits and pre-recorded comedy videos and the rowing team rolled away with the top prize after live performance and a video, including a spoof of a Miley Cyrus hit shown during the ninth annual JayRock event on Monday night.
Rowing made the training room into a musical performance ending with girls rolling around on medicine balls while singing “Wrecking Ball” and also had a video on “How to be Cool at Training Table”. Volleyball mesmorized the audience with a leggy, optical illusion routine that garnered second place. The Kansas baseball team placed third with its reenactment of a scene from Pitch Perfect.
JayRock is a student-athlete variety show put on by the Kansas Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), with donations collected at the door for a designated charity. Monday night’s event featured a special presentation to Drs. Andrew and Mary Fry, KU Health, Sport and Exercise Science professors, who lost their home in a house fire in early January. They were presented with clothes and a signed poster from the athletes.
Monday night’s show opened with a Fox Sports themed preview announcing this year’s judges, Dr. Phil Lowcock, volleyball assistant Laura Kuhn, nutritionist Aaron Carbuhn, and development assistant and men’s basketball analyst Greg Gurley. Nate Bukaty, a member of the Kansas Athletics broadcast team served as the event’s master of ceremonies.
Both golfs started the show strong with the women opening the night with a skit that saw the entire team get stuck to one chair and men’s golf turned up the laughter by turning golf into an extreme sport in their video. The football team did a play on Celebrity Jeopardy where players pretended to be Alex Rodriguez, Danica Patrick, and Richard Sherman.
Since its inception in 2006, JayRock has steadily gained momentum as one of the best things about being a Jayhawk. For the first three years, the bragging rights for JayRock victory were contained within the confines of Kansas Athletics.
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