SAE Tackles Cancer With Powderpuff

Caitlin Duncan

The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity hosted their annual “Tackle Breast Cancer Powderpuff Tournament” on Oct. 4. Women on campus were encouraged to put together teams of seven to 12 to participate in flag football games. All money raised at the tournament was donated to the California Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Girls participating in the Powderpuff tournament  (Photo by Jaime Graden/Charger Bulletin photo)
Girls participating in the Powderpuff tournament
(Photo by Jaime Graden/Charger Bulletin photo)

Many women came out to help raise money for breast cancer. Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Phi Epsilon, Chi Kappa Rho, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Women’s Rugby Club, and many other groups created teams. Each participant was required to pay a $5 registration fee as well as raise money for her team. To offer an incentive to raise money, SAE was offering a meet and greet with the Swimsuit Sprint artist, We The Kings, for the team who raised the most money. They also offered a pizza party to the winning team and team with the most creative uniforms.

Jacqueline Hall, a member of a Delta Phi Epsilon team, Halftime Honeys, said, “I wanted to participate because cancer really has affected my life a lot, so any way I could spread awareness and be involved, I do! My favorite part was definitely spending time with my sisters.”

Thirteen teams participated in the tournament. Each team played multiple 12-minute games throughout the “regular season” games. As the tournament progressed, losing teams were eliminated from the tournament, leaving just a few teams to fight for the trophy and title of Powderpuff champions during the playoffs.

“My favorite part was definitely the involvement. Everyone who participated went all out with great uniforms and played their hearts out. We even had a lot of spectators supporting the event from the stands,” said Mitch Fliss, a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Supervisor from the Recreation Center, Nick Sallucci said, “13 teams came together to play some friendly flag football. It was going well at first, we started running a little behind schedule, but many of the SAE brothers helped me out with scoring, and telling the teams where to play next.”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon raised $1,250 during the game. The Halftime Honeys raised the most money, winning a meet and greet with We The Kings at the Swimsuit Sprint.

The Taco Bellers won the award for most creative uniform. Unfortunately, the remaining of the tournament was postponed after a few girls were injured, but the tournament is set to resume in the next week or so.

Justin Thorton, one of the brothers in charge of planning the tournament, reflected on the event. “This was one of the most successful philanthropy events in SAE history,” he said. “It was our inaugural tournament. My favorite part was seeing how excited everyone was to rally around a cause such as breast cancer research. Breast cancer is a cause that is near and dear to almost every single person that was on that field. I was so proud to announce that we raised over $1,250 that will go to a research program that puts 95 percent of donations directly into research.”