Superheroes stormed Ortmayer Stadium Saturday at the first Phive K Walk hosted by Phi Sigma Sigma.
The Phive K Walk raised funds for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation which supports school and college readiness.
Senior kinesiology major and Phi Sigma Sigma philanthropy chairwoman Jasmine Bush brought the new event to campus.
“We want people to have fun,” Bush said. “It’s a time for us to show people how passionate we are about our philanthropy.”
Bush said she chose a superhero theme because she believed it was a good way to bring people together and it supported Phi Sigma Sigma’s stance on education: They encourage students to “be the superhero of your education.”
Participants donned their favorite superhero shirts and dressed as characters like Clark Kent (Superman), Batman, Captain America and a Golden State Warrior.
While waiting for the race to start, participants created their own superhero mask and took pictures with superhero props in front of large wooden Greek letters.
Sophomore child development major Aundria Gregg cheered on participants as they completed their 12 laps.
Gregg said she was excited for everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves.
Students, alumni, family and others in the La Verne community took part in the walk by running, jogging, walking and dancing to the finish line.
Senior accounting major Christian Gastelum was one of the partcipants.
“This event is off to a good start and I feel it can actually grow to be a lot bigger,” Gastelum said.
Gastelum said the event could attract not only the La Verne community but also people from neighboring cities.
Prizes were given away throughout the walk for things like best costume and for dancing the Nae Nae.
“I think it’s a great way to focus on health and fitness as well as have fun and to give back to our foundation,” Phi Sigma Sigma adviser Feli Tamparong said.
More than $1,000 was raised and all the proceeds went to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation.
The foundation supports the Kids in Need Foundation, which provides free school supplies to children in need around the country.
The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation is also partnered with Practice Makes Perfect, which creates summer learning programs in high-need communities.
Kaila Williams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.