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Swept up by broomball



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Swept up by broomball

Students playing broomball on the ice.

Broomball, a winter sport usually played in northern states, has made its way south to Iowa and now is officially recognized as a University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services sports club.

The UI club holds practices and competitions at the Coral Ridge Mall ice rink in Coralville, Iowa. The game is similar to hockey, except that broomball players wear shoes to improve traction on the ice. And, instead of a puck, broomball players use a small ball.

“We always generate a small crowd of people when we first get on the ice,” says Mark Fox, club cofounder and senior Spanish major from Hopkins, Minn. “I don’t think people know how to react to it because they have no idea what it is.”

Fox hopes to begin an annual Cy-Hawk series between the Hawkeye club and the Iowa State University team. For more information, see





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