Sorority kicks off tournament for Alzheimer’s

The men’s soccer team faces off with “Kickin’ It Old School,” a team made up of parents, at Sigma Kappa’s kickball tournament, Saturday. Soccer team member Lorenzo Leyva misses being tagged by the ball, while Mike Holloway, scrambles to catch it. The soccer team beat Kickin’ It Old School 12-3 at end the first round and went on to place second in the tournament overall. / photo by Daniel Torres
The men’s soccer team faces off with “Kickin’ It Old School,” a team made up of parents, at Sigma Kappa’s kickball tournament, Saturday. Soccer team member Lorenzo Leyva misses being tagged by the ball, while Mike Holloway, scrambles to catch it. The soccer team beat Kickin’ It Old School 12-3 at end the first round and went on to place second in the tournament overall. / photo by Daniel Torres

Erum Jaffrey
Assistant Editor

The La Verne community supported Sigma Kappa sorority’s third annual kickball tournament at 10 a.m. on Sept. 6. at Campus West.

Nine teams competed in the tournament, including the Sigma Kappa alumnae, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and ULV’s own baseball team, among others.

The tournament was held as a fundraiser in part with one of Sigma Kappa’s philanthropies, the Alzheimer’s Association.

“People want to get involved as part of a cause that’s bigger than themselves,” Sigma Kappa president, Melissa Procopio, said.

All proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, including the $50 team entry fee and profits from the snack bar.

A total of about $601 was raised from the kickball tournament.

“Events like this build awareness about Alzheimer’s disease because not everyone knows about it, and it contributes money toward research to find a cure,” Cindy Ontiveros, senior Sigma Kappa member, said.

The Secret Service, a team led by captains Melissa Procopio and Bianca Rivera came out as the victors, winning four games and a big trophy.

“This beats the stereotypical image of Greek organizations and invites people to get to know us through our philanthropic work,” Ontiveros said.

The tournament had an energetic atmosphere, with the crowd cheering and popular music playing in the background.

Teams showcased their spirit through uniforms, such as the blue and white matching cut-off jerseys, short shorts, high socks, headbands and wristbands worn by Kickin’ It Old School, a team of dads.

“My daughter is a Sigma Kappa member and asked if I could get a group of my friends to form a team,” said Mike Holloway, Kickin’ It Old School team captain.

“(This tournament) brings a sense of camaraderie with the players, and a fellowship in the spirit of school.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is associated with gradual memory loss over a period of time.

“One in six women have a risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and women have a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s as compared to breast cancer,” said Teresa Crum, vice president of philanthropic services for Sigma Kappa.

Sigma Kappa was founded in La Verne in 1986 and supports five philanthropies including gerontology, Alzheimer’s research, Inherit the Earth, Sigma Foundation and Maine Sea Coast Mission.

Sigma Kappa holds other philanthropy events on campus, such as their annual casino night, which raised about $5,000 last year.

“We encourage everyone to come to our events and have a good time,” Crum said.

Erum Jaffrey can be reached at erum.jaffrey@laverne.edu.

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