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  • Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes.
  • Fundraising can be something you actually LOVE to do.
  • Raising money for cardiac care.
Hoops for Hearts

"It's great to get people from so many different houses at one place having fun and contributing to a great cause. Couldn't really ask for more," Zendejas said.

All of the people participating and the coaches on the sideline had a great time at this event,” Zendejas said.

Playing a quick game of basketball may not seem like the most common way to contribute to a any cause but the good news is, fundraising comes in all forms!

Hoops for hearts was an event put on by The Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports cardiac care and research.

Second year biological sciences major, Kelsey Quinlan, also a participant in the event, explains, “we asked seven fraternities to each pay one hundred and fifity dollars to participate, which includes a free t-shirt. Then 5 members from each fraternity became a team and played against other teams.”

Hoops for Hearts

"Not only did all of the fraternities show up to support a great cause but they competed against each other and had great sportsmanship," McDermott said.

Girls from the sorority split up and helped coach the small teams. They also ended helping out and organzing anything else that came up.

“All of the people participating and the coaches on the sideline had a great time at this event. We also raised a good amount of money, so I would definitely say that the event was successful as a whole,” Quinlan said.

The money raised from the event came to be about about twelve hundred dollars.

When asked about the success of the event, fourth year communications studies major and coordinator, Koryna Zendejas, said “The games ran efficiently and all teams showed up. There was a great turn out of girls and support and the only slight problem there was was the wind but the fraternity men were great sports about it and did not let it hurt their game.”

Delta Chi came out on top with Alpha Gamma Rho coming in at second place.

Second year Lilly Mcdermott, who came out to watch and show her support said, “I like watching the teams play.  I think it was also really fun how members of our sorority were the coaches of the different fraternity basketball teams.  The coaches made sure to keep their spirits up and cheer them on.”

Hoops for Hearts

"My favorite part of this process was how everyone came together to participate and make the event successful," Quinlan said.

Overall, the success of the event was better than expected and due to such a high turnout, The Alpha Phi Foundation plans on making this fundraiser a yearly affair.

Though there was no real prize for the winner of the tournament, Delta Chi won a trophy and some bragging rights, which is better than any real prize if you ask me.

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