On Saturday, November 4, the third annual Cops and Miners paintball war event was held in support of the Missouri Special Olympics. Planned and orchestrated by Lt. Oscar Kemp of the Missouri S&T police, the event hosted 14 teams that competed in a double-bracket style tournament for first place.

On Saturday, November 4, the third annual Cops and Miners paintball war event was held in support of the Missouri Special Olympics. Planned and orchestrated by Lt. Oscar Kemp of the Missouri S&T police, the event hosted 14 teams that competed in a double-bracket style tournament for first place.

The event has been held for three year consecutive years due to the hard work of Lt. Kemp and the recruitment he has managed. In order to rally teams, Lt. Kemp explained the process that needed to happen.
“What we do is put it out on the student e-connection, and we go around to all the dorms, all the fraternities and sororities and try to get people. We start Labor Day, and we keep it open until the middle to end of October.” he said.

Lt. Kemp is no stranger to charity events for the Special Olympics of Missouri. “Every year I do the Special Olympic torch run,” he said, pointing to his shirt that featured the annual event. “So I’m like, there’s got to be a way to make more money. So one of my student workers, a member of (Sigma Tau Gamma) went ‘That’s our national philanthropy!’ So then (we talked to) Mike Perkins. Somehow we all came together and started to do this.”

The day began at an early 8 a.m., something that many of the participants joked was too early for college students. The fog and drizzly overcast weather seemed to only add to the fun with low visibility, a factor that can increase the tension in a paintball competition. The field of competition is owned by Mike Perkins, a ten year employee of Missouri S&T.

 “For this tournament we change the field every year.” Perkins said. Commenting on the vehicle that was included in the field terrain, Perkins smirked, saying “That’s my little brother’s car.”  “He found out when he got here this morning that it was out there.”, which caused many participants to laugh. Perkins warned against climbing the vehicle during play, but one participant wanted to push those rules, asking is he could perform a ‘Hood-slide’. Perkins said, “If you want to do a hood-slide, please make sure someone is filming. I need that for my website.”

The winning team of the day-long event were the Jimmy Slickers, followed by second place A-Team who were knocked out of their two year reigning title, and in third place were J-Baby and the Babes. All top three teams were members of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity on the S&T campus.

Teams included: The A Team, Delta Sigma Phiring Squad, Delta Team, J-Baby and The Babes, Jimmy Slickers, MSTPaint.exe, S&R PD, Sig Tau, Slow Down, St.James Law Dogs, Young and the Breathless, and Zachy Zach and the Funky Bunch.

“We appreciate all the sponsors.” said Bryce Cahill, the President of Sigma Tau Gamma. Lt. Kemp explained that because of their donations that every player was able to go home with some type of reward or gift.