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Students Learn the Rules of American Football & Experience First Tailgate

To an American college student, there are many reasons why the fall season is a favorite of seasons, the school year begins, the changing leaves paint the campus in beautiful colors, the weather is cooling down, typically after a very hot summer, and American football season begins.

The rules of the game can be confusing and hard to follow when watching the game. And, who wants to keep watching the game when you have no idea what’s going on? Luckily, our Student Services Advisors saw the need and held an event at the AAP clubhouse to teach the rules to interested students.


The event paired nicely with a scheduled National Football League (NFL) game, the Denver Broncos versus the Carolina Panthers, airing on a national channel. The AAP staff informally discussed the rules and students watched, learned and asked questions along the way. The students also tried classic American football food, which included Buffalo chicken wings, Mac & cheese, and fried pickles.

The watch party prepared many of our students for their first ever tailgate and KU football game a couple of days later.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the AAP staff organized a traditional tailgate below the Campanile overlooking Memorial Stadium. This was a special game day for KU because it was band day and family day so the students were treated to local area high schools who had the honor to perform during halftime with KU’s band.


Students enjoyed trying BBQ, Mac & Cheese, baked beans, and potato salad. Many fun games were set up, including ladder ball, students played soccer and practiced throwing an American football.



KU had an unfortunate loss to Ohio University at 37 – 21, but we’ll get ’m next time.

Rock Chalk!

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