BROOKINGS, S.D. - 4-H Night with the Rapid City Rush brought more than 1,000 4-H members and supporters together Nov. 17, 2017.
The event was held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena where the Rapid City Rush battled the Idaho Steelheads. 4-H members and friends participated in a fan tunnel, a pre-game puck drop, created a post-game human clover on ice and a human roping contest where 4-H rodeo members had an opportunity to rope volunteers in soccer bubbles.
"This event was an opportunity to promote 4-H and build a sense of community across county and state lines," said Matthew Olson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Pennington County. "Many times we focus on the livestock shows, youth in action events or static exhibits in 4-H, and forget that 4-H is a community."
Olson explains that a large part of community is a sense of belonging. "This 4-H night with the Rush helped to put in perspective the impact 4-H members can have," he said. "Seeing 1,000 people in an arena that are passionate about 4-H from across South Dakota and Wyoming was extremely powerful. One third of the crowd was there for 4-H."
More than a 1,000 tickets were sold to 4-H members and friends at the discounted rate of $15 per ticket.
With the level of success this year, 4-H families and supporters can expect to see this event again next year. If you'd like to volunteer to help organize the 2018 event, contact Olson at 605.394.2188 or by email.
More about South Dakota 4-H
SDSU Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program is a partnership of federal (USDA), state (Land Grant University), and county resources through youth outreach activities of SDSU Extension. Youth learn and experience Leadership, Health and Wellness, Science and Ag-Vocacy through a network of professional staff and volunteers reaching more than 9,000 enrolled members with yearly programming efforts to an additional 35,000 youth participants.
Courtesy of iGrow. 4-H Night with the Rapid City Rush brought more than 1,000 4-H members and supporters together Nov. 17, 2017.