The University of Alabama’s annual homecoming celebration, which began Sunday, will culminate Saturday with UA’s football game against the University of Arkansas and homecoming parade.

The Student Government Association said the goal of this week’s events is to create a healthy sense of competition between students by hosting diverse games involving different groups and clubs on campus.

The dodge ball competition Wednesday night was one of many activities taking place during homecoming week.

Other activities included the can formation competition, which took place Wednesday afternoon in the Ferguson center.

Organizations brought in tubs of canned foods in order to complete their master pieces. Some designs included an elephant, “Roll Tide” and an outline of the state of Alabama.

Committee member Chandler Varonfakis was pleased with this event, stating that it made homecoming meaningful.

UA students also decided to give blood and save lives during homecoming week.

Each year, nearly 5 million Americans need a blood transfusion.

The drive plays an important part in LifeSouth’s yearly supply and has been a part of the homecoming tradition for the past several years.

The LifeSouth blood drive was held in the Ferguson Center and allowed the community to give back.

The homecoming parade, featuring UA’s organizations, sports teams and local community members, will start at 1 p.m. in downtown Tuscaloosa and move eastward along University Boulevard through the UA campus. The grand marshal will be Dana Duckworth, head coach of UA gymnastics.

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