Women’s Tugs Against Breast Cancer competition begins this weekend

By Erin Kolb

Sororities will be tugging to fight breast cancer this weekend.

The Pi Kappa Alpha (PKA) fraternity is hosting the Women’s Tugs Against Breast Cancer 2012 tournament. Tugs is the largest philanthropy event on campus with about 300-500 people each day, said PKA President Alex Jandick. All proceeds from the tournament will go toward breast cancer research.

Jandick said it his first year coaching Tugs. He said he makes sure the participants are physically and mentally prepared for the competition.

“It’s a lot about your mental game,” Jandick said. “Mental toughness will get you a long way. Something the girls stress a lot is the concept of mind over matter.”

Jandick said if participants are mentally tough, they’ll be able to push themselves further.

PKA member Andres Jimenez will be coaching for Tugs as well.

“It’s a lot of fun teaching,” Jimenez said. “There are a lot of girls who are really interested in learning about Tugs, which makes it easy for us.”

Emily Field, Delta Gamma sorority member, said she is participating in the Tugs competition for the first time. For Field, the training has proven to be tough.

“Training involves a lot of hard work like running and strenuous practices,” Field said. “I must have run the Greek Mile a million times by now.”

The Greek Mile refers to the area around Greek Row, she said.

During the competition, participants go on their side of the rope and tug for 15 minutes, Field said. The team that manages to have the largest amount of rope on their side after 15 minutes wins. Jimenez said there are eight sorority members on each side of the rope.

The tournament will start 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Pike House on 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive. Admission is $5. Live music will take place after the championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday.