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Oozeball Tournament set for April 27

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

ARLINGTON — Get ready to sling some mud this spring for UT Arlington’s 22nd annual Oozeball tournament.

The scholarship fundraising event was postponed last fall following extreme drought conditions in North Texas and severe water restrictions. Tournament play begins at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the corner of Summit Avenue and Greek Row Drive on the west side of the UT Arlington campus.

“Oozeball is a tradition at UT Arlington not only for our students, but our alumni and community,” said Lora Malone, executive director of the UTA Alumni Association.

Staff from the University’s Office of Facilities Management will be on site to supervise the grounds and water operations for the tournament, Malone said. “Also, participants have vowed to be “water conscience and good stewards to the environment.”

As part of the event, students will be asked to sign a personal pledge to reduce their everyday water use by five percent. 

The University’s Department of Campus Recreation and the UT Arlington Alumni Association organized the tournament, which benefits the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Last year, the muddy battle raised nearly $20,000.

Doug Kuykendall, assistant vice president for campus recreation, said teams are now registering and students are excited to be part of one of the most popular UT Arlington traditions. 

Tarrant County is not currently in a drought condition, although water conservation is encouraged.

Some ways to save water include:

  • Turn water off when brushing your teeth
  • Turn off the water while washing your hands
  • Take shorter showers
  • Use a low-flow shower head
  • Only wash clothes when you have a full load
  • Combine laundry with a buddy
  • Turn water faucets off tightly


Oozeball began in 1989 and is one of UT Arlington’s most popular activities. Visit or call 817-272-2594 for more information on Oozeball and to register a team.

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