By Stormy Speaks
Throughout this week, the Epsilon Nu colony of Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi has been preparing for South Seas Games, a field day type event consisting of nine activities to challenge participants’ strength, speed and teamwork skills. It is also their annual philanthropic event to benefit the fraternity’s national philanthropy, Fisher House Foundation, which provides homes to the families of service men and women who are undergoing medical treatment after returning from overseas. The money raised from the event will benefit the Fisher House located at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.
Since Monday, Kappa Sigma has held a money drop in the Thad Cochran Center in order to raise money for Fisher House and promote competition among the Greek Life organizations that are participating in the event. They will also be selling South Seas t-shirts and raffling a Mississippi Snowball necklace donated by Lights Jewelers & Gemologists. They will be hosting a blood drive by the Union from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and will have a profit share night with Firehouse Subs and Bop’s Frozen Custard from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The South Seas Games will begin Friday at 4 p.m. on the intramural fields.
There will be three divisions of crews consisting of ten people each. The divisions are fraternity, sorority and co-recreational. The teams are encouraged to dress like pirates, and points will be awarded to the best dressed team. The winning crew from each division will receive a trophy, and the points received during the games will also be added towards each organization’s final total of points accumulated throughout the week. The overall winner will be deemed the South Seas Champion. Teams are also encouraged to tailgate throughout the event.
“South Seas has a variety of events that can allow participation from a wide range of groups,” junior pre-social work major and Kappa Sigma grand scribe Daniel Cook said. “I think that it will be a lot of fun. And let’s be honest; who doesn’t like pirates?”
Senior advertising major and Kappa Sigma president Zach Knight hopes to see student groups and the Hattiesburg community unite to enjoy a friendly day of competition while supporting Fisher House.
“It’s not just about Greek Life or Kappa Sigma,” Knight said. “It’s about giving the whole campus the opportunity to come together, play games, have fun and support an amazing cause.”
“No matter the outcome, we as a fraternity have been honored to make any contribution to the Fisher House Foundation,” junior paralegal studies and geography double major and philanthropy/community service chairman Chris Foxworth said. “Knowing that one dollar we raised helped a family in need is enough.”
For more information, contact Chris Foxworth at 601-550-9092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also this weekend, the women of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Mu sorority at Southern Miss will host their second annual Phi Music Fest benefiting Children’s Miracle Network on Saturday. The money raised during the festival will benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson. The Mario Mena Band and the Adam Doleac Band will be performing, and food and games will be available for purchase at the event. There will also be a money drop and freestyle competition among the fraternities and sororities, and at the end of the festival the division winners will be announced. Last year, Delta Delta Delta won the sorority competition and Sigma Nu won the fraternity competition. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit on.
On Monday, Phi Mu held a benefit night with Caliente Grille, and today they will be holding a benefit night with Old Athens Grill. Last year, the sorority raised nearly $19,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.
“We [Phi Mu] took a trip to Blair E. Batson this semester, and it was so good to visit the kids and see what we raise money for,” sophomore nursing major and Phi Mu philanthropy chair Tatianna Mondaini said.
Junior marketing major and president Cally Biagini said meeting and forming relationships with the children they support is the most special part of their philanthropy event.
“We are so excited to host our second annual Phi Music Festival this year because it gives us the opportunity to get our campus and community involved in helping such a wonderful cause,” Biagini said.
For more information about Phi Music Fest, contact Jacquelyn Moor at email@example.com.
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