By SARAH GIOMI ‘ 18
A boxing rink set up in the middle of Olson gym is not what Pacific Lutheran University students are used to.
Bully Busters, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for bullying, held its annual fundraiser March 14. This event had an attendance of 650 people.
Conference and Event Students assisted supervising the adrenalin rushed, some even injured, athletes, as well as a crowd that enjoyed loudly screaming and chanting on the fights- a crowd that PLU doesn’t usually have.
As the Bully Buster group arrived, the university was expecting a group of students passionate towards ending bullying, not a boxing ring with professional boxers who competed in a large range of fighting.
All fighters were competing for the championship belt like a stereotypical MMA fight. The crowd was loud, excited, and reacted intensely to each fight and winner. Competitors ranged in ages from 18-30, both male and female. That was the first competitive fight for some, but for others they were competing to go from amateur to professional in MMA fighting and wrestling.
Felipe Rivera, on the Board of Directors for Bully Busters, was passionate about the event and its purpose regardless of how it may have appeared. “This isn’t what you expected was it? It’s different than most non-profit organization fundraisers but its moving not only to see people support a good cause, but get excited about all the work that goes in it”, Rivera said.