Sigma Alpha Epsilon to host softball tournament Sunday

By Amy Geldean

Members of Greek Life are invited to step up to the plate at Paddy Murphy from noon to 5 p.m. March 31 at the University Plaza Field. The softball philanthropy tournament, hosted by Sigma Alpha Epsilon, will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, which generates funds for children’s hospitals and medical research as well as raise community awareness for children’s health issues. All proceeds raised, including team registration fees, concession sales and a 50/50 raffle, will go towards the Children’s Miracle Network.

“People should attend Paddy Murphy in order to support Children’s Miracle Network and Greek positivity,” Bryant Benitez, SAE philanthropy chairman, said. “Whether people are in an organization or not, they are encouraged to come out and support. At the end of the day, everyone is gathered for a good cause.”

This year showcases the first ever Paddy’s Puppies. Dog owners have the chance to show who has the best dog on Greek row. The winner of Paddy’s Puppies will be chosen based on any special talents and prizes will be given to the best in show and fan favorite.

Pat Gallagher, SAE president, shares how philanthropy events have a positive and crucial role in the Greek community. “Philanthropy events are extremely important because it is our way to give back to the community and shed light on some great causes,” said Gallagher. “It is a very cool way to show off some organizations that some people may not know about.”

Each game will be played in seven innings and must follow slow pitch softball rules. Teams can still sign up to participate and are required to have a minimum of 11 players. First place trophies will be awarded to both sororities and fraternities.

Gustavo Casas, SAE vice president, understands the impact being in a fraternity can have on its members as well as the community.

“As Greeks we must recognize our responsibility to the community by teaching and promoting morals to our members,” said Casas. “Making a difference through philanthropic events such as Paddy Murphy helps build character, and all proceeds benefits the kids.”

In case of bad weather, the game will be rescheduled for April 7.

Paddy Murphy brings sororities and fraternities together in a friendly game of softball that raises money for a worthy cause.