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Phi Sigma Sigma, Pi Kappa Phi host charity volleyball tournament
Phi Sigma Sigma and Pi Kappa Phi held “Sets on the Beach,” a beach volleyball tournament, on the sand volleyball court at Quinnipiac’s York Hill campus this past Saturday, where 80 people on 12 different teams participated to raise money for the Greek organizations’ philanthropies.
Half of the proceeds collected from player donations and raffle tickets will go to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, which supports the National Kidney Foundation. The rest of the money will be given to an organization backed by Pi Kappa Phi called Push America that gets play units for the severely handicapped, according to Phi Sigma Sigma’s Vice President Jess Kraus and Pi Kappa Phi’s Social Chair Luigi Tancredi.
“We wanted to do something fun while doing something good for other people,” Kraus said.
Kraus said the goal of the event was to host a tournament where all of Quinnipiac could get involved. Students who didn’t participate in the games could give back by buying raffle tickets for various prizes, including dinner with a Pi Kappa Phi or Phi Sigma Sigma member, a $20 gift certificate to Dunkin Donuts or two large cheese pizzas from Tonino’s.
Attendees were there not only to support the philanthropies, but to also cheer on the teams.
“We’re just here to support our sisters,” Victoria Sheppard of Phi Sigma Sigma said.
Each team played one game, continuing on in the tournament if it was the first to reach 25 points. The top three teams then played for first place in “round robin” style. Winners then chose a gift card as their prize.
The teams were mostly composed of brothers and sisters from various fraternities and sororities, creating some competition within the tournament.
“Everyone is playing for fun; there is some rivalry, but it is a friendly rivalry.” Tancredi said. “People come for the rivalry, but stay for the fun.”
While this is the first time that Phi Sigma Pi and Pi Kappa Phi have hosted the beach volleyball tournament together, Kraus said she hopes it becomes an annual event.