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The “Silent Night” Game

silentnightEvery year at high schools and colleges around the country the holiday season is celebrated in a variety of different ways. But, no one combines sports, Christmas, pajamas and silence quite like this.

Odel Arena is the site for a strange yet entertaining concept on the campus of Taylor University. It is called the annual “Silent Night Game.” This was year 19 of the tradition, the students and surrounding population fill the arena to not say a word.

Taylor_UniversitycrossTaylor University is a private, interdenominational, evangelical Christian college in Upland, Indiana. Which is about 70 miles northeast of Indianapolis and the weekend before December finals they all dress in costumes for a home game in which the crowd sits absolutely quiet until the home team score their tenth point. When they do, the crowd goes ballistic.

There is one small problem with this unusual concept, who is going to score the tenth point? Casey Koons is currently the assistant coach of the Trojans men’s basketball team. He scored the tenth point in the game when he played on the Trojan team……all four of his college years! “My senior year,” coach Koons recalls “all of the team started talking about how they were going to freeze me out and not let me score. Then we got a steal and the guy who threw me the pass was my room mate for four years and as he threw it to me at half court he yelled shoot it shoot it.” taylor-university

Steve Brook started the “silent night” tradition in the mid 90’s the idea was borrowed from Geneva College in Pennsylvania. Best of all the Taylor Trojans are 19-0 in “silent night” games including this year, when they had a silent double up as they won the game earlier in the month by a final score of 100-50.

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