As the 2010 Musselman Triathlon approaches, William Smith students Akilah Browne ’11 and Lauren Wilsey ’10 are creating a documentary about the seventh annual race.
When Musselman director Jeff Henderson and Associate Director of the HWS Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers came up with the idea of filming the triathlon, Browne and Wilsey jumped at the chance.
As the project took off, what started as an independent study became more than just a passion for making documentaries.
“The triathlon has a great story — from its inception to the present,” says Browne. “It supports and helps all local business and has a multifaceted approach to athleticism.”
This multifaceted approach includes an “arts triathlon” at the Smith Center for the Arts, co-produced by HWS Professor of Dance Donna Davenport; a mural painting; a discussion about families and competition; and a charity component that donates to the Geneva Community Lunch Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.
Using the theme of the triathlon — remaining community-centered — as the jumping off point for a documentary, Browne and Wilsey generated the concept and title for the documentary, “Beyond Sport — Sportsmanship: A Story of Community, Compassion and Charity,” hoping to preserve for all participants and the city of Geneva the memories and spirit of the race.
To aid in the project, Browne and Wilsey have recruited 13 volunteers from the pool of HWS students and alums working on campus this summer. Each will lend a hand in collecting footage of the many facets of the Musselman event.
The 2010 Musselman Triathlon is sponsored by Red Jacket Orchards in celebration of their 52nd anniversary; other sponsors include Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes, Lyons National Bank, Geneva Bicycle Center, Wegmans, and many other favorites. For more information, visit www.musselmantri.com.
In the photo above, Akilah Browne ’11 meets with HWS students and alums who have volunteered to help record the triathlon.