Sims Leads Teammates as Class Sings Hakuna Matata in Flash Mob

April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior men's basketball player Henry Sims (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) said he used to have thoughts about a career on stage or in front of the camera. He got his chance on Thursday afternoon, as he and classmates took part in a "flash mob" at the Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall on the Hilltop.

Sims, along with men's basketball teammates Aaron Bowen (Jacksonville, Fla./QEA) and Moses Ayegba (Kano, Nigeria/Rockville Christian [Md.]) were part of a group of nearly 100 students that sang "Hakuna Matata," which gained fame in Disney's "The Lion King." In addition to performances at the dining hall, the class also performed in Red Square.

The performance is done as part of the Theater and the Catholic Imagination course. The class culminates each semester with the students performing "flash mobs" at different parts of campus.

"It was a lot of fun," Sims said after the performance. "We had been preparing for it the last couple of days. I kind of got thrown into a leading role in it and I brought Aaron and Moses along with me, so it was kind of a domino effect. The people in the class make it so that everyone has a good experience."

During the fall, senior guard Jason Clark (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell), along with Nate Lubick (Southborough, Mass./St. Marks) and John Caprio (North Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) were part of a group of students that sang holiday songs as the semester ended.

Sims, Bowen and Ayegba, along with two other students, had a featured portion of the song near the midway point.

"I wasn't really nervous because I've been in front of big crowds before," Sims said. "I had my lines down and we had a really good group. I always thought it would be cool to be in front of the camera, but I'm not planning on it."



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