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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


No, it's not from Harry Potter.

Named after a character from Greek mythology, Icarus is an extremely modified version of dodgeball that is used to teach the overarching concepts behind air warfare at the tactical level. Even without knowing all the strategy, it sure is fun to watch! Seriously, it would have made rainy days in PE so much more fun than regular ol' dodgeball did. (Not that I didn't appreciate those dodgeball days. Anyway.) Each team plays a few games a week throughout ASBC and then ultimately competes in a big Icarus tournament the day before graduation.
It gets pretty intense.
(That'd be one of our Air Force football buddies holding the ball for the other team.)

After the game, the losing team has to give their ribbon to the winning team, who then ties it to their flag. Lots of ribbons means your team is awesome. No ribbons? Well... you know.
Let's just say these undefeated kids had PLENTY of ribbons. Go Jacksons, eh?


  1. I love reading your blog and learning about all the cool traditions and things about the Air Force I would've never known. This is really cool!

  2. Very Very Cool!!! That was fun to read and also great pics of the game. I think it would be so fun to be there watching in real life-

  3. Good thing you explained that Icarus isn't a Harry Potter thing. =) This game sounds really fun and I love the ribbon tradition.


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