THON 101: OPPerations
Each year, THON weekend rolls around and the Bryce Jordan Center, or Rec Hall and the White Building in years past, is transformed from the normal, basketball stadium look into the magical place that is THON. Decked out in navy blue and zany hats, the OPPerations Committee serves as the worker bees for this transformation.
Led by Overall Will Martin, OPPerations, more commonly known as OPP, is one of the largest THON committees, with 21 captains and over 730 committee members.
OPP’s work for THON Weekend begins at 5:30 a.m. Friday for set-up. The committee and captains work tirelessly to have this process finished before THON begins at 6 p.m. During the weekend, OPP is charged with various duties, including keeping the BJC tidy and orderly for children, dancers, families, and spectators. OPP also runs Slides of Strength, which allows dancers to get off their feet for a small amount of time and get a quick massage from members of OPP and other organizations.
As the final four hours come to a close and the BJC begins to empty out, OPP sticks around for one final task: tear-down. It is their job to return the BJC to its pre-THON state and, as they say on THON.org, “pack away THON for another 362 days.”