By Dallas Short – University of Miami
One of my favorite parts of being in Phi Delta Theta are the philanthropy events we participate in. Each sorority on campus has a national philanthropy they raise money for and it is always a lot of fun, competing in their different contests and events. We have done rap contests, pie eating, dodgeball, and much more. This year, we decided to hold our first ever on-campus philanthropic event “Batter Up.” It was a one day softball tournament, the sororities came out and competed, we also had support from other fraternities who participated in our fraternity division of it too.
We started planning for it in the Fall, making sure the location, sponsors, and prizes were all locked in. It was a lot more work than we initially thought it would be, but we were dedicated to doing it and overcame any obstacle that we encountered. Our Philanthropy Chaiman, Alex Bryant, and his committee really put in a lot of long hours to make sure every detail was taken care of and the event was going to run smoothly.
Finally, the time came, it was a sunny and warm Saturday, we all arrived early and starting setting things up. The teams started showing up and we were ready to go. Both divisions had a lot of competition, but everything was friendly and the beautful weather just added to the day. Finally, after all was said and done, we had our winners. We received a lot of compliments on how much fun people had and how organized it was.
We combined the money raised along with our ALS walk money and, in total, were able to raise over $3,000 for the ALS Association.
Seeing all of my brothers come together and all of our hard work to get our first event off the ground, was not only one of my most memorable days in college so far, but also inspiring – as we feel next year’s event will be even better!