Dodgeball tournament gives back

Photo by Stefan Carlson - Sophomore Jake Nietsch concentrates on the opponent and prepares to throw. Phi Mu and Lambda Chi Alpha hosted their 4th annual dodge ball tournament on Monday, Mar. 14 in Faganal Hall and it was the biggest event since its inception, according to the organizers. A record $624 was raised, which Phi Mu and Lambda Chi Alpha split between the two. 13 teams competed for bragging rights and more than just the title of “Dodgeball Champions.” They were playing for the opportunity to help those in need. There were six players on each team, each of them paid a $5 fee to enter the tournament and there were also raffles that anyone, egardless if they were participating in the tournament or not, could enter. The money that was raised through the event and raffle donated to Lurie Children’s Hospital and Feeding America, Phi Mu’s and Lambda Chi Alpha philanthropy’s. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is located in the downtown Streetville neighborhood. The hospital provides care for more than 60,000 children a year, according to their website. Kristina Ruch, Phi Mu’s philanthropy chair, explained what it meant for her to be able help out children in need, “It’s really humbling,” she said in a personal interview. “You think about your life and you worry about doing homework and things like that and then you see what these kids go through, it just makes me thankful for what I have.” Kaelyn Tucker, an employee at Lurie’s, said in an email interview that the money raised would help family services. “Your generosity ensures that we have the resources to sustain valuable programs such as child life services and art and music therapy; and unique spaces, like the Family Life Center, which are at the heart of our approach to family — centered care.” The money raised by Phi Mu and Lambda Chi Alpha is important since family services are funded exclusively through donations. Feeding America is a hunger organization who provides food to more than 46 million people, according to their website. Through their nation wide food banks they are able to help feed many communities. Unfortunately Feeding America was not available for comments after repeated attempts. However, Lambda Chi Alpha Philanthropy Chair Nick Caruso was able to explain how the money raised is used to help Feeding America. “I joined Lambda Chi because I knew that we were able to help out,” Caruso said in an interview. “Service and Stewardship [are some] of our core values and it’s something we try to live by everyday. Our money goes to food, shelters, and pantries.”