Student-union bridge is getting a push on college campuses throughout the country.
The ACBL Educational Foundation has launched a new Collegiate Bridge Initiative to support students, faculty members and nearby unit players as they get bridge clubs and classes going on campus. Supplies, stipends and enrollment bonuses are funded by the ACBL and ACBL Educational Foundation. The League is also partnering with BBO to offer College Bridge Online (CBO) – daily tournaments and monthly championships that award prizes and free access to BBO robots. Information about the program is available at acbl.org/college.
The College Bridge Bowl, which crowns the collegiate champions for the year, has been revamped. Unlike previous years, the championship – which will be held during the Summer NABC in Atlanta – will be open to any and all college teams. An online tourney in the spring allows teams to compete for an expense-paid trip to the bowl game.
“In the past, students advocated for greater interaction, and the new Bridge Bowl format responds to that suggestion,” says Stephanie Threlkeld, ACBL’s manager of education.
In Atlanta, all the entering teams will compete in a round-robin over a day and a half; while the top teams go on to play head-to-head in the semifinals and final, the other students will compete in individual tourneys.
Supplies and stipends aside, the critical campus connections are the students and faculty members who work to make bridge happen.