New tournament to help kids’ charity

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity have elevated the childhood-favorite game of kickball to tournament-level at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

A participant in the inaugural "Kickin' for Kids" kickball tournament celebrates with his teammates after kicking a home run. The tournament is put on by two Greek organizations at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Photo Date: Sep. 29, 2018.

A participant in the “Kickin’ for Kids” kickball tournament celebrates after kicking a home run.

The inaugural edition of the Kickin’ for Kids kickball tournament “kicked-off” at the Fraser Gym at the School of Mines Saturday morning.

About 40 players on five teams took to the courts to play the game.

Each player paid $5 to participate, however that money was earmarked to benefit Ronald McDonald House. The charity provides housing for families that have to spend extended periods of time away from home so a child can receive medical treatment.

The School of Mines’ fraternities and sororities find unity in their charitable work and community service. Kayla Bailly, philanthropy chair for Alpha Delta Pi said that partnering with other Greek societies for the tournament strengthens their role in the Rapid City community.

“Lambda Chi Alpha, we do a lot of events with them,” Bailly said. “They’re really into community service and helping out other people. So, when we said that we were doing this, they jumped right in and said that they wanted to help. We do a lot of partnerships with them with Feeding South Dakota and stuff like that. We thought this was a great way to build a stronger Greek community.”

Organizers were pleased with the turnout and hope to make the tournament an annual event.

“Hopefully maybe we can get it outdoors and expand, maybe have like three or four courts going rather than two,” Bailly said. We just really hope that in the future it will get bigger and bigger and that this can be something we can get the community involved with.”

“Delta Sig” were the winners of the tournament. Each player on the team won $10 AMC gift cards that were donated to the event by POET Biorefining in Groton, S.D.

More than $200 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House.

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