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Phi Sigma Sigma kicks for a cause

Freshman Boye Christiansen tries to steal the ball from senior Wesley Lucas in the final game at Phi Sigma Sigma’s Kicks for Kidneys event Tuesday at Frantz Athletic Court. The event was sponsored by the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. / photo by Cassandra Egan

Valerie Dominguez
Staff Writer

Frantz Athletic Court was roaring with music and students Tuesday night during Phi Sigma Sigma’s annual Kicks for Kidneys fundraiser.

Kicks for Kidneys is an annual philanthropy indoor soccer tournament sponsored by the sorority to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.

This year the event took in about $342.

The National Kidney Foundation’s primary mission is to help patients with kidney failure, a concern that Phi Sigma Sigma has shared for about 15 years.

To enter the event students donated $1, while students that participated in the tournament as players donated $2.

Phi Sigma Sigma started the event with a bang by doing the Sorority chant.

Music, such as hip-hop, R&B and pop, was played throughout the whole event to keep the audience entertained as they watched.

The sorority also provided concessions for spectators and players while they watched the tournament take place.

Snacks such as Flaming Hot Cheetos, candy and drinks were all sold at the event.

The money raised from concessions also went towards the National Kidney Foundation.

Kicks for Kidneys was organized by junior communications major Veronica Sepulveda.

This was the first event Sepulveda has coordinated for Phi Sigma Sigma.

“It’s a lot of pressure but in the end it’s really worth it,” Sepulveda said. “Just knowing I ran the event makes it worth it.”

The tournament was based off a bracket system with 12 teams battling each other in 15 minute games.

Some of the teams were Team Liz, Jaffar and Friends, and Team Sex Symbol.

Killa Cali team members, Luis Chavez, Wesley Lucas, Mario Cisneros, Alfonso Moreno, Sarah Ruden and Taylor-Erin Carter received medals for their 3-2 tournament winning victory over Chicken Melts.

On team Ace of Spades Richie Orozco, a freshman political science major, was disappointed for his team’s loss in the first round with a score of 4-0.

“It’s OK that we lost because it’s all of the fun in it and it’s going to a good cause,” Orozco said.

Spectators also enjoyed the event as they watched fellow students compete.

“I enjoyed myself, I’m spending time with my friends and this is for a really good cause,” Matthew Hernandez, a business major, said.

“I figured I’d go to support since I saw flyers throughout campus,” he said.

Valerie Dominguez can be reached at valerie.dominguez@laverne.edu.

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