Every October, a group of Nebraska Gamma Pi Phi’s spends their Fall Break in Gatlinburg, Tennessee at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Arrowmont was Pi Beta Phi’s first National Philanthropy. Pi Phi was the first sorority to have a National Philanthropy. Creighton Pi Phi’s are the only Chapter that actually goes down to Gatlinburg to provide service at Arrowmont and are happily welcomed by the people of Gatlinburg.
Our main philanthropy, the Pigskin Classic, is held in early October. It is a flag football tournament held all afternoon. Brackets consist of All Women teams, All Men teams, and Coed teams. The tournament is single elimination, leading up to Championship games in all three brackets. All participants are eligible to win raffle prizes donated by area businesses. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Literacy Center for the Midlands.
This year, we brought The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation (TAKE) to Creighton. Ali Kemp was a Pi Phi at Kansas State University. When she was 19, she was brutally murdered at the neighborhood swimming pool where she worked. After Ali’s death, her parents founded TAKE. TAKE teaches young women self defense to increase their safety awareness. We invited the freshmen girls and other sororities to attend this training. TAKE was a huge success on our campus and we are looking forward to bringing it back again next year.
Nebraska Gamma also sends women weekly to the Boys and Girls Club of North Omaha and Lothrop Elementary to help young children in after school programs. Pi Phi was also involved with encouraging Voter Registration and applying for Absentee Ballots on our campus by having a table on the mall promoting the elections. Members from NE Gamma also actively take part in other Greek Organizations’ Philanthropy events.