University of Tampa’s Sigma Chi’s annual theme week begins its three day long competition Monday at 7pm in the Vaughn Courtyard. Their theme week’s, also known as Derby Days, main goal is to raise money for their philanthropies: The Children’s Miracle Network and Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Not only is this an opportunity to raise money for an amazing cause it brings up the energy of the sororities on campus. The sororities compete to gain points because at the end of the week the one with the most wins Sigma Chi’s Greek Week, a trophy, and bragging rights.
The boys have many events for the sororities to earn points these three days including Derby Dash on Monday evening, a volleyball tournament on Tuesday evening, and a dodge ball tournament on Wednesday evening.
They also sell t-shirts and have “Penny Wars” to raise money. “Penny Wars” is where people can put money into the different sororities’ jars. Certain coins, like pennies, will take away points from whoever’s jar you put them in. So essentially you can help your team out and also take away the chance of the other teams winning.
Sigma Chi President, Josh Leibowitz says, “It’s the best event on campus, it raises money for our philanthropy while everyone has fun. All money raised goes directly to The Children’s Miracle Network and Huntsman Cancer Institute.”
Member Christian Priskos says, “While this event is fun and brings culture to not only Greek life but the school, it is also great to know that we are making a difference in the lives of families that are effected by cancer.”
Kyle Carter is in charge of planning this years Derby Days. He says, “Last year we made $2000 and this year we plan to be around the same.”
Sororities competing are Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Sigma Delta Tau. Delta Gamma is the reigning champions from last year. Winning by only a few points over Sigma Delta Tau.
Sigma Chi’s theme week has always been successful in raising money, awareness, and enthusiasm and this year is expected to do no less.