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(Rock Hill, S.C.) — The Winthrop University student group charged with programming entertainment for the campus has introduced a new virtual and in-person competition that asks students to attend events and share posts on social media.

The DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) introduced “The Amazing Race” contest in September and a number of students are already participating, as the game continues in 2021.

DSU is one of more than 160 student-led organizations at Winthrop and it provides educational and entertainment opportunities for every student, regardless of their background.

Willie Bush, assistant for campus programming and events at Winthrop, said the competition was an opportunity to try something new during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our goal was to see how well we could get students engaged,” said Bush. “We have resources that we need to use, so let’s figure out a way to give those resources back to students. Not enough students are utilizing the resources that they are already paying for.”

To participate, students simply follow DSU on social media — including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook — and every time they comment, share a post or attend an event found on the page; they earn points and are one step closer to winning the game.

The competition is open to all Winthrop students and there have already been four winners since the game began.

Fun Stuffed
Members of Winthrop’s DiGorgio Student Union prepare stuffed animals for the group’s “Fun Stuffed” event Feb. 9. The student-led DSU organizes a number of entertainment and educational events throughout the semester, including “The Amazing Race” (photo: Shardai Figgures).

Bush said some of the prizes for this year include a Microsoft Surface Go 2, an Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5, $300 worth of Fenty Beauty products, a JBL Bluetooth speaker and possibly a personalized video from a celebrity.

“I knew I was going to win, because I was doing everything,” said Garrett Morgan, who won a projector.

“I was going for the shopping spree, but I lost, so the projector was the second-best thing. When I found out that I won my reaction was, ‘finally I won.’ It wasn’t very useful to me so I gave it to my Dad,” said Morgan.

Some students, who have not competed, said they’ve enjoyed watching the race unfold on social media.

“The challenges seem crazy and ridiculous. It’s physically and mentally intense. I couldn’t personally go through the challenge, but that makes it fun to watch,” said Jewel Edwards, a junior fine art major.