Sig Ep raises money and awareness with dodgeball tournament

Eisa Hashmi

Features Contributor

This Saturday, April 28, Sig Ep is offering Canisius students a unique opportunity to raise money and awareness for a good cause while having fun. Sig Ep will be hosting the first ever “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Donate” dodgeball tournament to raise money for local and national charities in the main gym of the Koessler Athletic Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Teams can have between four and six members and can choose from one of four charities for which they compete and raise money. Anyone entering the tournament simply has to pay five dollars, and can choose to play for Roswell Cancer Institute, The Wounded Warrior Project, The Ronald McDonald House, or the Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation.

Along with a fun competition, there will be a raffle for a 32 inch TV for players in the tournament, the proceeds of which will be donated to the charity selected by the winning team. In addition to raising money for a good cause, the winning team’s members will each be awarded with a 25 dollar Amazon gift card. Currently, six teams are signed up and ready to play, but applications will be accepted right up until the start of the event.

Current Sig Ep President, Steven Travale, spoke about the event and the goals they had in mind when planning it. Aside from raising money for charity, Travale felt the event would be a great way to bring the student body of Canisius together. He said, “The big reason we threw this out there was because we thought it’d be a good way to get other organizations involved on campus, so we could bring them closer together.”

Travale also spoke about the benefits of getting people to rally around a good cause, or in this case, good causes, while doing something fun. “We wanted to do something that was charitable on one hand, but also something that a lot of people enjoy,” he said. “You’re doing something good, and all you have to do is play dodgeball.” He also made sure to point out that the tournament would be a great way to blow off steam before finals.

This is Sig Ep’s first time running the tournament, but Travale hopes to make this a regular event and ensure that it continues. He said, “We’re going to see what our turn out is like and then next time make some adjustments. We’ll add more charities and expand. The possibilities are really endless.”

Along with the fun competition and raffle will be food, drinks and snacks, and if you don’t have a team of at least four, don’t worry, it’s open to everyone and teams can be made at the event. Travale spoke on this and said, “It’s a fun social event, and you could definitely come and meet someone new.”

Those interested can find sign up sheets right outside of the Sig Ep club room in the basement of the Winter Student Center, and any questions can be directed to sigep.ny.lambda@gmail.

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