BOULDER, Colo. –
Two competing University of Colorado business fraternities have joined forces to organize an inaugural kickball tournament next weekend for a youth scholarship the groups have created.
Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi usually are rival fraternities, said Alpha Kappa Psi’s Samuel Battan, a CU junior and a head of the tournament committee.
“This is the first year we are collaborating between the two business fraternities,” Battan said. “We decided, ‘Why not team up our minds and collaborate together?'”
Sixteen teams — each with 10 players — can participate in the April 11 tournament; anyone with a BuffOne card is eligible, including faculty. The deadline to enter is Tuesday.
“There are plenty of spots left,” said CU senior Neil Almy, president of Alpha Kappa Psi. “We could use our network and probably fill the spots, but we wanted to make this a campus-wide event.”
Registration costs $71.63 per team, with proceeds benefiting the Young Entrepreneurial Scholarship — a scholarship created by the committee “to empower intelligent, innovative and forward-thinking students.”
Almy said the goal is to raise $1,000.
Drew Veldhuizen, a CU senior and a director of tournament sponsor Thrive Nonprofit, is excited to play with his team.
“Who has played kickball since they were in grade school?” Veldhuizen asked. “I think it’s going to be really fun and the money is going toward a good cause.”
The students said they want to provide a good time for the CU community.
“We want to have a fun atmosphere,” said Almy, who also is a director of Thrive. “We are just looking to have a good time.”
Veldhuizen said his team hasn’t come up with a theme or costumes yet, but “we’ll definitely be wearing some crazy outfits.”
“We’ll be out there in style,” he said.
Battan said the event will help bring out the kid in all of the players.
“We’re looking for goofy themes,” Battan said. “Costumes are highly recommended — the crazier, the better. We are looking to have a friendly, fun time.
“Let’s bring back the old days of being goofy on the elementary school kickball yard.”