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Five Reasons Fort Lauderdale's Young Professionals Play WAKA Kickball

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Each week, hordes of young professionals seeking respite from the monotony of their grueling and tiresome work gather at a local park to drink, socialize, and, of course, kick around some balls in friendly competition.

Teams are composed of friends across a spectrum of careers, namely law and accounting, with an occasional nurse sprinkled in, donning matching league T-shirts and water bottles spiked with alcohol. After each game, teams migrate to the local designated watering hole, Dicey Riley's in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where festivities carry on till late in the night.

A WAKA kickball afterparty is exactly like you might imagine: Sweaty bods, sticky floors, the stale aroma of sweat, flip cup, shots, $2 beers, and a playlist featuring the "Thong Song" and other similarly danceable gems. In surveying the rainbow of teams in attendance last week, we attempted to get a better grasp on what motivates these young(ish) folks to make kickball a regular part of their lives. Not surprisingly, no one cited fitness or health benefits.

Here are the top five reasons why Fort Lauderdale's young professionals play WAKA kickball.

5. "To relive the glory years... and get drunk"

We watched their eyes glitter as their imaginations lingered for just a moment on the simpler, purer times of yore. "It lets you be a kid again," they told us. The getting-drunk part helps them forget that they're actually 30 and still playing Xbox on their mom's couch.

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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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