By Megan Stinn
The Second Annual Wheelchair Basketball tournament hosted by Delta Chi fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega sorority brings together the Marquette community to raise funds and awareness not only for their respective philanthropies but also the Milwaukee community with the help of Milwaukee Recreation.
The Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. It is comprised of 16 teams, each with five players. Each team member has to play basketball while in a wheelchair. The teams will compete through a bracket system, and the first place team will win a Sobelman’s gift card.
Participating teams are asked to donate $25, and all proceeds will be donated to Delta Chi’s philanthropy, the Jimmy V Cancer Foundation, and Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy, Domestic Violence Awareness.
This is the second year that Delta Chi has held the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament to raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation. Tournament organizer and Delta Chi member Freddy Terrazas asked Alpha Chi Omega to co-sponsor the event this year. Co-sponsoring the tournament was an opportunity the sorority was very excited to have.
“The event provides a unique opportunity for Greek unity by allowing a fraternity and a sorority to team up and invite other Greeks to participate as well,” Alpha Chi Omega Vice President of Philanthropy Shannon Rohn said.
Encouraging Greek unity isn’t the only unique aspect of the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
“The event brings together the Marquette community to raise funds and awareness not only for our respective philanthropies but also for the Milwaukee community with the help of Milwaukee Recreation,” Delta Chi Philanthropy Chair Freddy Terrazas said.
“This event is so unique because it gives students the chance to participate in something they have probably never done before. It is fun, challenging, and goes to a great cause, which makes this event so amazing,” Rohn said.
Interested teams can sign up for the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament through an EventBite.com link on the event’s Facebook page.