Valparaiso University has participated in the 2016 inaugural Robotic Football Championship that was held on Friday April 15th 2016. The event, that was hosted by the University of Notre Dame, included four competing teams from the University of Notre Dame, Ohio Northern University, Purdue Polytechnic Institute – Kokomo, and Valparaiso University. At the end of a full day of competition, Valparaiso University was crowned champions of the Robotic Football league and took home the Brian Hederman Memorial Trophy!
In the opening game of the day the University of Notre Dame beat Purdue-Kokomo in a close game 36-31. In the second game, Valparaiso sent the competition a strong message by beating Ohio Northern University 100-31. To start the afternoon session, Purdue-Kokomo earned the 3rd spot by beating Ohio Northern 61-42 in the consolation game. The day ended with the championship game where Valparaiso beat Notre Dame 87-16 for the trophy and the first Robotic Football championship.
The team from Valparaiso University was dominant in both games and finished with lopsided victories due to their great game plan, the skills of their drivers, and the technology used in their robots. Particularly noticeable was the outstanding performance of the quarterback/wide-receiver system that was able to complete several key passes and touchdowns in both games.