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Blake Courtade, Staff Writer

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard or know about paintball. Wikipedia defines paintball as ” A game in which participants simulate military combat using air guns to shoot capsules of paint at each other.” Paintball is considered a non-contact sport, but as an avid paintballer myself, I can tell you firsthand that there is most definitely no mercy shown on the battlefield.

I had the chance to talk to a senior member of the Paintball club, Phoenix Cardillo, about what goes on in the club and what do they even do. I first asked Phoenix what it’s like to be in a Paintball club. He said, “It’s very fun to go out on Saturdays with some friends to various Paintball locations and just be able to play.” I then asked him what the pain level was and he explained to me that the best time to play Paintball is when it’s hot, and the paintballs are all squishy and don’t hurt as much. Phoenix told me that he once played Paintball in the winter when it was cold and he was left with welts the size of golf balls for a few weeks. If that’s not scary enough, I then asked him how it was playing with a retired military veteran, Nicholas Lanier, who is the club moderator.

Phoenix went on to say that “It can be scary at times, because he is way more elusive than most of us, and he has an acquired skill set that is above average, but all of us just have to remember that he is still using the same weapon as us and it won’t hurt us too bad.” If coming out on Saturday’s and playing Paintball with your friends and a retired military vet sounds like your cup of tea, I encourage you to talk to Phoenix or Mr. Lanier about joining and becoming a tiger paintballer.

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