Battle of the Gods
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UNLV sorority chapter hosts competition, supports local children’s programs
Tuesday through Thursday, the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority revived a campus philanthropic event of epic proportions.
“Battle of the Gods” raised approximately $2,300 and collected 2,000 books for Kids to Kids, a local children’s literacy program.
Ten fraternities participated by creating their own god, which represented an individual fraternity or sorority. Alumni of Alpha Gamma Delta then judged the god, awarding points at the opening ceremonies.
“On Tuesday, we had opening ceremonies and coin jugs. On Wednesday we continued with the coin jugs and also had a book drive and chariot races,” said Kellie Thompson, Alpha Gamma Delta Public Relations Chair.
“Thursday we continued the coin jugs and book drive and concluded the event with closing ceremonies and skits.”
The event took a one-year hiatus, but came back in full force this past week.
Alpha Gamma Delta’s Philanthropy Coordinator Laurie Bittle explained, “We decided to bring back this event this year because it was always a success and I hope that we continue to do this event annually.”
She continued, “Alpha Gamma Delta always puts on a big event in the fall and then we hold our Texas Hold’em tournament and Rock-A-Thon with Lambda Chi Alpha in the spring.”
The Kids to Kids program, operating under Spread the Word Nevada, distributes books to area elementary schools. Alpha Gamma Delta helped the program by collecting old and new books for students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Bittle said, “We raised most of our money through the coin jugs throughout the week, but I think the best [events were] the chariot races and strong man competition. Those events were so much fun, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Sigma Delta Alpha Treasurer Hugo Cruz was the “god” representing his fraternity. “There was as Olympiad in which the gods had to compete in a chariot race in which you had to create your own chariot,” Cruz said.
“There was also a Frisbee throw competition, arm wrestling and a push-up competition. I ended up doing 77 push-ups in one minute, but that wasn’t enough to win,” Cruz said. “This event was pretty fun, and I would participate again next year if I had the opportunity to.”