Just when you were getting used to Quidditch teams on college campuses, there’s a new “sport” popping up at institutions of higher learning — competitive eating.
A team has been started at the University of Maryland. It’s brand new, but is already 30 members strong.
Behind it all is Terrapin junior Keith Solomon, an environmental engineering major from Marlboro, N.J. Solomon, the team’s founder and president, came up with the idea back when he was a freshman and had to burn some extra dining points before he lost them.
“One day me and my friends bought a ton of pizzas and chicken fingers and just demolished it all. That’s when this idea was born,” he said.
“But I was just a stupid freshman with hopes and dreams. Those dreams were finally realized this year when I brought the idea back, found people who were interested, and made this dream a reality.”
The mission of the Maryland Competitive Eating Club is to manage, serve and promote the sport of competitive eating in the collegiate community; to assist participants in their various forms of involvement within the sport; to adhere to the laws of competitive eating; and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of as many people as possible in competitive eating-related activities.
Some colleges eliminated science, math and sporting programs to cut costs so they could get other more important programs in. And the University of Michigan is adding competitive eating? This “sport” has little importance or relevance.
I think that the point of sports is to get people active, fit and physical to help maintain a healthy exercise schedule to avoid obesity and heart disease. Competitive eating is a pointless sport that would decrease fitness rates in that area depending on how popular it is and how many people get involved in the sport. It could increase obesity and heart disease if this sport is also introduced to other colleges and teams get together from different schools to compete in eating contest championships.
James Paukstela is a junior at Schenectady High School