The men of Pi Kappa will be hosting this year’s Turkey Throwdown, an annual flag football tournament held the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Larry “Satch” Sanders Intramural Fields.
The event was formerly hosted by Delta Theta, but after they lost their charter last year, Pi Kappa decided to take over the event. Delta Theta, started the Turkey Throwdown in Nov. 2009 to support the charity organization, Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels strives to feed hungry senior citizens during Thanksgiving. Pi Kappa is donating their proceeds to this organization as well.
The Turkey Throwdown is a seven-on-seven, double-elimination style tournament, assuring each team the opportunity to play at least two games. The cost is $8 per person. The teams must have a minimum of eight players, but will only be issued 10 T-shirts per team. The T-shirts are popular around campus and will be sold to those not participating for $15.
Jake Morris, sophomore youth and family ministry major from Shallowater and member of Pi Kappa, said he expects a good turnout because the tournament has been going for four years. Many men and women’s social clubs compete in the tournament each year.
“Several of the members of Pi Kappa held a meeting and decided that giving back to the community through the annual Turkey Throwdown was a great idea,” said Morris. “It’s not going to be too competitive, not like champ league or anything. It’s just going to be a good time to get some physical activity outside, fellowship together and having some friendly competition.”
In years past, the teams who won the men’s and women’s divisions were given the opportunity to donate an amount of the profits to the charity of their choice.
Clint Coulter, senior kinesiology and health promotions major from Celina and member of Pi Kappa, said the prize for the winners this year will be bragging rights.
“One reason I joined Pi Kappa was because of what we do for the community, whether that be by service projects or activities like the Turkey Throwdown,” Coulter said. “We are doing this for the families around Abilene and for the ACU community.”
Student interested in competing in this year’s tournament may sign up at the table in the McGlothlin Campus Center from the end of Chapel until 2 p.m. Friday.