Let the Lyre Games begin: Alpha Chi Omega to host annual charity event
by Andrew Freeman, Staff Writer
Alpha Chi Omega will be holding it’s first Lyre Games this Saturday at John R. Jones Field. The Games will have a $3 entry fee or a highly encouraged $1 entry fee with a donation item, and will consist of tug-of-war, relay races, giant yard pong, kickball, blind man volleyball and noodle javelin.
“A field day tournament is something we all enjoyed as children in elementary and high school,” Alpha Chi Omega member Angela Smith said. “Why not enjoy it in college too?”
There is a registration fee of $150 for each team. The maximum number of players on a team is 10 and the minimum number is eight. The games are open to all UWF students and community.
The sorority usually hosts an annual flag football tournament, but with a recent decline in numbers over the past years it was time to switch it up.
“The goal that I was trying to achieve was to bring back the importance of philanthropy within our chapter,” Smith said. “As well as include all males, females and all UWF students of all backgrounds.”
Smith is in charge of the spring event and hopes to have a better outcome so Alpha Chi can give the proceeds to the Favorhouse of Northwest Florida.
The Favorhouse is a domestic violence center serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The shelters and crisis lines are staffed and open 24 hours a day all year long.
“Domestic violence is Alpha Chi Omega’s national philanthropy, and we stand together throughout the year to raise awareness and funds through the college campus,” Smith said.
Members of Alpha Chi are excited to raise more money for the Favorhouse than they have in recent years.
“It is always nice to be able to have fun and give back at the same time,” senior member Olivia Kennedy said. “The Lyre Games is going to be a fun event that gives the proceeds back to such a great organization at the end of it.”
There will be a concession stand serving hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as cotton candy and popcorn.
When you aren’t playing in an event there will be a dunk-a-sister booth where people will have the chance to dunk a member of Alpha Chi for $5. There will also be a giant Connect-Four station for people to enjoy.
“We are on an exciting rise with our relationship with the Favorhouse,” Smith said. “A sneak peek would be our upcoming Denim Drive on April 25, which is national Denim Day.”
Denim Day is a worldwide movement for people to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
“It is extremely rewarding to spend your time and energy on such a great charity, but it is even more rewarding to see what 80-plus girls can accomplish when we do it together,” Smith said. “I am extremely proud of my sisters and how hard they have worked to raise money for our philanthropy, and I know that DVA is something that has the strongest power to bring us all together.”
The games will start at 9 a.m. and will end around 4 p.m. If you have any questions about the Lyre Games, contact Angela Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of Alpha Chi Omega.