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Volunteers make strides for charity track meet

Written By: Marquez Slaughter

The Sigma Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Omega partnered with the Delta Phi chapter of Iota Phi Theta to start Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a charity track meet at Valdosta Middle School Sunday.

The charity track meet held events such as the 100, 200, 400, 4×1, 4×4, men’s and women’s sprint medley and co-ed sprint medley.

There were three men’s teams and four women’s teams. Langdale Residence Hall was the only residence hall to form a team and compete in the events. For the men, Creative Media & Marketing came in first, CompassVSU in second and Langdale Lions in third. For the women, The Running Rebels came in first, the CompassVSU in second, The Go Getters in third and The Lady Lions in fourth.

Shay Hudson, member of Alpha Phi Omega, said “[Everyone who] participated in the track meet received personalized certificates of appreciation and gold medals that all read ‘winner’ on them.”

This event was one of the six featured events in Alpha Phi Omega and Iota Phi Theta’s 2014 #VSUOlympicWeek, which took place Oct.7-12.

Other #VSUOlympicWeek events included a basketball game called “VSU Live 14,” a dodgeball game on the front lawn and a flag football game called “Friday Night Lights.”

There was also a community service project within the organizations called “Gotta Kick it Up” and a tailgate for the VSU football game Saturday afternoon.

The organizations held a raffle, drawing three names as winner of $100, $50 or $25 toward their book funds for the spring semester.  Breanna Johnson ($100), Lindsay Ezell ($50) and Dominique Wade ($25) were the winners.

The money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society, Children’s Cancer Research Fund and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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