Local Expert: Curtis Marsh
Your Jayhawk Trivia Go-To Guy
Curtis Marsh came to Lawrence as a music and vocal performance student at the University of Kansas in the early 1990s. He fell in love with the University and community, and has been here ever since. His love for sports and the University, plus his roles managing KU Info and directing The DeBruce Center, have equipped him with all kinds of knowledge that he’s eager to share. If you’re ever in the same room with Curtis, go ahead and try to stump him on KU Trivia… our money’s on Curtis!
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For much of KU history, the biggest sporting event on campus was the annual KU Relays track and field event. With a history of athletes who went on to Olympic success, the KU squad continues to compete at the highest levels, and this annual showcase of talent is a delight to watch at the new Rock Chalk Park on the northwest edge of town (a complex that is also home to KU Softball and KU Soccer teams).
Each year former basketball stars return for a charity game, VIP dinner, and golf tournament. All dedicated to raising funds for local families whose children are fighting cancer. This is a great way to enjoy time with KU talent and support a meaningful cause.
The football game is still a centerpiece, but the weeklong KU homecoming events are a chance for KU fans to gather at a series of public and alumni-invite events celebrating the past and future of KU with everything from a food festival, alumni mentoring sessions and the downtown homecoming parade.
Nestled in the rolling woodlands of Lawrence, the University of Kansas’ Rim Rock Farm is a customized running course that takes runners through covered barns and across beautiful and challenging scenery. This picturesque location is open each fall for a premier national high school cross-country event and a chance for spectators to enjoy the scenery and cheer on the young racers.
Every KU basketball season begins with a one-of-a-kind celebration at Allen Fieldhouse, featuring scrimmages, musical performances and a good share of cheesy costumes. It’s a chance for the athletes to greet the audience before the rigors of the season and a chance for the fans to see a personal side of each team member. Late Night in the Phog is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.