The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Juggling Club gives students and community members the opportunity to unleash their inner juggler.
Recently, the Juggling Club held an event in the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building (MUB) from 7 to 10 p.m. Cole Hartnett, a sophomore and the club’s vice president, said the event was the club’s big attempt to recruit new members.
“We just want to make students aware that we exist and encourage them to join and teach them to juggle hopefully,” Harnett said.
The UNH Juggling Club currently has about 10 student members and 10 community members, ranging from seasoned jugglers to recent fans.
One of the veterans in attendance was Jason Paul, a member who has been juggling for the past 30 years. Paul restarted the club when he attended UNH in 1997 and has been a part of it ever since.
“There aren’t any other juggling clubs in the area and when I started this it was for that reason so we keep coming back,” Paul said, adding that it’s a fun way to exercise the mind and body as well as have a sense of community with other jugglers.
The club encourages teaching newcomers how to juggle as well, no experience necessary.
“My friend and I saw some guy walking with a sign that said ‘learn to juggle’ and we thought to ourselves ‘we have to go,’” first-year student Ethan Huggins said. He was able to learn how to juggle within 45 minutes of being at the event, demonstrating how easy it is to pick up the new talent. “I didn’t know so many people here do it and now that I’m learning how to it’s so sick.”
Huggins now plans to buy his own supplies for juggling and practice so that he can break out his new talent and impress friends.
The UNH Juggling Club meets every Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. on the third floor of the MUB, and is always welcoming and accepting new members.