Delta Gamma to host soccer tourney

Eric Smith

The Delta Gamma sorority is holding the first annual Shots for Sight philanthropy soccer tournament this Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. on the Washburn practice soccer fields.

This event, a 6-on-6 soccer tournament to support the sorority’s main philanthropy Service for Sight, is part of Anchor Games that Delta Gamma puts on each year.

Registration is $15 per person and each individual that signs up gets a Shots for Sight T-shirt. All the money raised goes to the philanthropy foundation.

“We support visually impaired and blind people by helping with their rehabilitation and paying for their eye exams and glasses,” said Jayme Hanrahan, director of Anchor Games.

Hanrahan said a few teams have already signed up and they’re still accepting entry forms.

“We’re hoping we get a lot of teams to join in and have some fun,” she said.

While entering a team into the tournament is ideal, Hanrahan said if individuals who can’t get a team together still want to play, they’d love to have them.

“If we have individuals that want to play and don’t know anybody else, we can always form them into a team if we have enough of them,” said Hanrahan. “Or we can always put them with somebody else’s team.”

Although this is the first year for the Delta Gamma soccer tournament, in past years the sorority has held basketball and flag football tournaments. Hanrahan said the reason for the change had to do with the fact that soccer is popular in the chapter.

“It kind of helped that our foundation chair [Kelsee Hickey] is an ex-soccer player,” said Hanrahan. “That’s something she’s really passionate about. We have several other girls in the house who like to play soccer. It’s just something that the girls were a little bit more enthusiastic about rather than football.”

Football, the event that the DGs put on last year, had about six teams participate and raised more than $300, so the women are hoping for another great turnout.

While the tournament is the main attraction for the event, there will also be a raffle for those who want to support Delta Gamma’s cause in another way. The raffle, $1 per ticket, will be for coupons and gift cards from local businesses.

Danielle Hunter, the sorority’s president, is excited about the event, and raising money for Service for Sight, which is part of the Delta Gamma Foundation.

“It’s a very unique foundation,” said Hunter. “Our sorority created it. So we’re the only sorority that does this.

“We have a very great opportunity. We use this philanthropy to not only raise money but to do hands-on service. I have gone to the vision center and I have gotten to interact with the people there.”

Other ways Delta Gamma supports philanthropy is by making Braille cards for the Topeka Rehabilitation Center and going grocery shopping for elderly who are unable to do so on their own.

For more information about the Shots for Sight soccer tournament, contact Hanrahan at [email protected] or visit the Student Activities and Greek Life office in the lower level of the Memorial Union.