Theatre of Ted is calling for students to dare to suck.
The group annually holds a fundraiser for their Pete Guither Dare to Suck Scholarship, which encourages students to step out of their comfort zone and take risks, even if it may not be perfect.
The public fundraiser is a 24-hour, four square marathon where volunteers can support players, donate to the cause or moderate the event on Saturday outside of the Centennial Airport Lounge.
Anyone is allowed to participate as well, not just those which are hoping to be awarded the scholarship. Participants are welcome to come and go as they please and are encouraged to play as long as they can from the midnight to midnight time frame.
It is not just all about four square, though. Co-President Katia Velisaris says, “We play until Saturday night at midnight when we will then kick off our weekly Open Mic right after! As the day goes on, we'll be playing four square, raffling off merchandise from businesses uptown, holding a Super Smash Bros tournament and so much more!”
The organization is currently going over 25 years strong and was originated in 1990 by Illinois State University students. With their motto being “dare to suck” which is inspiring their participants to shoot for the sky, and if they do fall on their face there will be a community there to pick them back up. The motto has since spread far and wide, from teachers to life coaches.
The Theater of Ted is a safe space for performers to try out new materials. One of the Try Guys from Buzzfeed, Keith Habersberger, actually is an alumna of Theater of Ted. Several other well-recognized alumni recognize the theater as a monumental part of their college experience.
The scholarship, which is the reason for the annual event, is awarded to a student at the end of each school year through the Theater of Ted. This year, though, the annual event has come earlier than expected, and is now taking on a spooky theme in honor of October. The program pokes fun at how participants should be “very scared” when participating in the lighthearted competition.
This RSO also holds several other events to raise money for their full foundational scholarship throughout the year. The scholarship has been offered since 2013, awarding many students for their work.