What better way to fundraise than with a friendly game of football? On Saturday, Oct. 21, members of the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) and InterFraternity Council (IFC) at LMU went head to head to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer through LMU Dance Marathon and the B+ Foundation through their annual and beloved Greek Week.
The group of six sororities and eight fraternities were placed into teams by organization for their philanthropic efforts, with a flag football game concluding the week.
Players shouted cheers, and music blared as the sun beat down on Drollinger Field. Teams prepped and warmed up for their tournament on the hot day, but saved their energy for the ultimate goal of winning the tournament.
Because there are more fraternities, bracket seeding differed. Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Chi received first-round byes, while Alpha Delta Gamma and Phi Delta Theta secured the second-round byes. Sigma Chi and Beta Theta Pi were the finalists for IFC.
Tensions rose as the last game of the day was underway, but the energy remained high. Fans, spectators and players were eager to see who would take it all.
“It’s an electric atmosphere. I think SFL [Sorority and Fraternity Life] does a great job of putting it on. I think [it’s] a great time for everybody — the players, the coaches, everybody involved,” said Nick Root, senior Sigma Chi president and finance major.
Sportsmanship shone through as players and coaches anticipated what the result would be. Sigma Chi won 38-6, securing the championship title and winning the tournament. This was Root’s and junior entrepreneurship major Nico Nasser’s second win of the day, as the two were also coaches for Kappa Alpha Theta’s team.
Although only one sorority and fraternity are victorious, the event creates a positive atmosphere for a cause. The sense of community that flooded the field was apparent as the teams showed up and showed out to finish their week of philanthropy with a bang.