Baylor fraternity raises thousands to benefit local group that helps Special Olympics Texas

By Julie Hays Published: Dec. 11, 2023

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – A Baylor fraternity spent the day giving back to those with disabilities by, not only hosting a basketball tournament, but also donating thousands of dollars to support a campus organization that supports Special Olympics Texas.

Pi Kappa Phi made the donation to Special Olympics Unified at Baylor, which is a student led organization that seeks to connect Baylor students and athletes to those with disabilities to develop a more accepting and accessible community.

Baylor Junior and Pi Kappa Phi Philanthropy Chairman Johhny Thompson helped organize the event and said Special Olympics Unified at Baylor was the perfect place for his group to lend a helping hand.

“It was really fun,” Thompson said. “We played some drills. We played a big scrimmage and at the very end of the scrimmage we presented the Special Olympics with a check of $3,036.”

The Ability Experience is the philanthropic initiative of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity with a mission to empower people with disabilities through the men of Pi Kappa Phi.

It was founded in 1977 and, to this day, remains a unique effort among all national fraternities.

“We earned all this money through our Philanthropy Week at Baylor University,” Thompson said. “Our philanthropy is The Ability Experience. We work with kids with disabilities and special needs.”