Greeks from from various WSU chapters gathered Saturday for a six-on-six volleyball tournament called "Cougs Dig Greek Life."
The tournament was held to benefit Krochet Kids International, a nonprofit organization empowering people in Africa to overcome poverty by selling handmade products.
The event included 16 teams of three men and three women from different Greek houses competed in a single elimination bracket on the lawns of Alpha Gamma Rho and Beta Theta Pi.
Junior mathematics major Mariah Mielke, who was on the winning team, said she participated in the event to support a good cause.
“We have to serve eight community service hours,” she said. “I try to participate in all of the philanthropies to not only fulfill that requirement but also because all the events are for a good cause. That’s what the Greek community is all about.”
Greeks registered from March 19 through 30 to participate in the event for a $10 fee, and were entered into a drawing for prizes and received a free t-shirt.
Every semester the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic put on philanthropy to unify the Greek community, said junior political science major Taylor Hennessey, IFC director of scholarship and service.
“It’s a great opportunity for the Greek community to come together and recognize we’re here for the same mission, and participate in some healthy competition,” Henessy said.
The philanthropy was sponsored by local businesses including the Coug, Munchy’z, Crimson and Grey, Pizza Perfection, the Student Entertainment Board, Cougar Athletics and College Hill Custom Threads.
Hennessy said that IFC and Panhellenic generated most of their money for the philanthropy through the t-shirt funds and expects the amount to add up anywhere from $500 to $700. The actual amount raised was not available before press time.
“Thank you to everyone who donated items, we really appreciate your support and we will definitely return the support by using the businesses that helped us,” he said.