LV Life Editor
The ladies of Phi Sigma Sigma rocked their charity event last week bringing teams together in a competition that ended with team BSU being awarded the title of champions.
The eighth annual Rock-n-Jock charity basketball competition was held April 23 and 25 in the Athletics Pavilion to raise money for the Neddie Scholarship, a national scholarship given to women Phi Sigma Sigma members.
Neddie Iniguez was a sister who passed away from leukemia in 2005 so members of the chapter began the scholarship in her memory.
The event began with 14 teams competing for a chance to play in the finals. Guests were asked to pay $2 to compete and $1 to watch the games.
Hordes of people lined up at the door and along the walls of the gym.
“I didn’t think it would be as crowded as it was,” said Niall Harrison, sophomore sociology major and member of Leak Out.
Despite competing with La Verne Idol and a karaoke and sushi event, the first round of games had nearly 200 guests packed into the gym.
“A lot of our supporters came to support us along with doing whatever else they wanted to do,” said Brianna Romero, junior psychology major and co-philanthropy chairwoman for Phi Sigma Sigma.
Along with charging for admission and participation, they were also taking donations and selling shirts that publicized the event.
“I think this is good, it’s for a good cause and I think sports definitely bring people together,” Remy Easterling, sophomore English major, said.
“It’s really neat because I know a lot of people on campus are really involved in athletics and to have competition and at the same time raise money for a good cause is always fun,” Harrison said.
The event did come with a few setbacks including a participant getting injured and a small fight breaking out, but nothing too severe occurred.
Senior public administration major Paul Turner was a part of Team BSU and got hurt the first night of the competition. He is also on the track and field team as a triple jump and high jump competitor.
“I know I shouldn’t have played,” Turner said. “I had SCIAC championships this weekend I know better. I just though I was invincible, it was a humbling experience to say the least.”
“I might be out for the season and it sucks because it is my senior year. But I’m praying, praying I make it back by nationals,” Turner said.
Aside from a few setbacks, Phi Sigma Sigma was able to raise around $415 through participation and donations from supporters.
Winners of the competition received an event shirt with the word champion on it.
“We didn’t have a technique, we didn’t really practice. We just showed up and had fun,” Harrison said.
Veronica Orozco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.