Last weekend I learned of a long running tradition that I had no idea existed and it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Taylor University in Upland, Indiana is where the tradition is held.
Every year, on the Friday before finals week, the school carries out their “Silent Night” at the Men’s Basketball Game. The sold out crowd comes to the game in costumes and remains completely silent until the Taylor team scores their 10th point.
It is almost eerie to see a sold out gymnasium be completely silent.
The only sounds are the from the players themselves, the squeaking of sneakers on the court, the players calling out to each other, the coach yelling plays from the bench. Even the P.A. announcer has his microphone off.
Then, when the 10th point is scored, mayhem ensues. It’s like the team just won the championship of the world. The game is even stopped by the referees to allow the fans to come on to the court to celebrate.
Then, another captivating ritual, the crowd sings “Silent Night” while the game is being played.
This has been going on at Taylor University for years.
Here’s what it looks and sounds like: