Nothing says “let’s dodge diseases” like getting hit in the face with a ball.
On March 20, at the Student Recreational Center, it was a sight to behold as dodgeballs were being thrown left and right, and students, faculty and staff of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy were rolling and dodging for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The 2nd annual “Dodging Disease Dodgeball Tournament” was held in the “Rec” courtyard to help raise money in support of researching and developing the cure for terminal diseases, including cancer, that affect children.
The Dodgeball tournament was sponsored by Phi Delta Chi, a professional pharmacy fraternity dedicated to promote pharmacy practice through different activities.
Many different pharmacy organizations got to participate in the fun.
“We have several different organizations representing teamsfrom the College of Pharmacy, including the Student National Pharmacy Association, the American Pharmacy Association and of course, Phi Delta Chi,” said Alyssa Reyes and Justin Shanks, sub-chair and co-chair of the philanthropy committee of Phi Delta Chi.
Other teams that participated were a team composed only of the faculty, another one with just staff from the college, ,a multi-fraternal team with members of Phi Delta Chi and the college’s other fraternity Kappa Psi, a P1 – 1st year pharmacy student – team and a
TAMUK fraternity team as well.
Currently, Phi Delta Chi has raised a good amount for St. Jude’s.
“Our goal at this year’s tournament was to raise more money for St. Jude’s than we did last year. We have accomplished this goal through teams registering for the tournament plus generous donations, totaling over $300. Phi Delta Chi has now raised over $1,300 for St. Jude’s this academic school year,” said Pamela Bosse, philanthropy co-chair of Phi Delta Chi.
Next year, Phi Delta Chi hopes that the College of Pharmacy and the TAMUK organizations will want to have even more participation, so more research can be funded to help save children’s lives.