In 2013, the Grand Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon selected a new national philanthropy: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The organization, celebrating 110 years of successful community service, focuses on pairing young children from all backgrounds with members of the local community to serve as mentors, or the more popular title, “Bigs.” The brothers of the Ohio Pi chapter, recognizing the significance this organization plays in the community, were nothing less than excited to host an event to both raise funds and awareness of BBBS on Wright State University’s campus. The members, led by brothers Mark Butler, Will Krueger, Dylan Steinke, and Jake Todd collaborated with the Wright State men’s soccer team to plan a philanthropy game supporting BBBS on October 15th. In addition to ticket sales a 50/50 raffle was conducted at the game to raise more funds.
After weeks spent promoting the game and diligently selling tickets, the Ohio Pi chapter can proudly call the game a success. Although the men’s soccer team did not fare as well with a 1-3 loss, the game was attended by a large crowd of students, alumni, and members of the community who helped raise a total of $714. The CEO of the Dayton BBBS agency, Joseph Radelet, came personally to a chapter meeting to accept the raised money and not only thanked the men and leadership of Ohio Pi, but also voiced enthusiasm for future endeavors and collaboration between the two organizations. Mr. Radelet left that night expressing a high level of respect towards the members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, but not before leaving the chapter with the encouraging words that any organization founded and living out the principle of love so often in their lives can accomplish anything.