Delta Theta may have just the right pick-me-up for those students who have already begun to feel the flag football postseason blues.
The second annual Turkey Throwdown flag football tournament will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 18. and continue through the evening of Nov. 21. The Turkey Throwdown is a seven-on-seven, double-elimination style tournament, guaranteeing teams at least two games.
The cost per team is $60. Teams are allowed to have as many members as they wish, but each team will only be given a maximum of 10 T-shirts. Those who participate in the tournament may purchase additional T-shirts for $8 each, and anyone else may purchase a T-shirt for $15 each.
Jessica Ellison, senior accounting major from Van and president of DT, said she expects to have more teams compete this year than last. She said teams from ACU, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University and several local youth groups plan to participate in the tournament.
Ellison said DT organized the tournament to garner name recognition for the social club and because the club wanted to be more active in the community.
“We knew Meals on Wheels would probably be struggling to feed families this time of year, and they’re a local charity,” Ellison said. “We wanted to help someone nearby.”
All of the proceeds from this year’s tournament will be donated to charity. Ellison said DT has promised the bulk of the money to Meals on Wheels, although the teams who win the men’s and women’s divisions will be given the unique opportunity to donate a sum of the proceeds to the charity of their choice.
In addition to a concession stand and football games during the weekend, DT has invited any nonprofit organizations on campus to set up booths at the Larry “Satch” Sanders Intramural Fields during the tournament.
Megan Goldman, sophomore business management major from Denver, was responsible for encouraging the charitable groups to come get their names out during the tournament.
“We wanted it to be us connecting to people on campus, as well as all over Abilene,” Goldman said.
Students representing Eternal Threads, International Justice Mission, Wishing Well and Global Innovations will be on the sidelines ready to share information about their organizations, Goldman said.
Students who wish to participate in the tournament or referee the tournament may sign up at the table in the McGlothlin Campus Center before 5 p.m. Friday or e-mail Kristen Lewis at email@example.com.