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Derby Days 2013

(May 06 2013) Written by: Peter Ryan, Jr. in Fraternity / Sorority Life, Student Life

From April 22nd to April 27th, the Sigma Chi - Lambda Kappa chapter held it's second annual Derby Days. The chapter saw participation from all five Panhellenic sororities during the this year's military themed week of events. Derby Days is one of the Sigma Chi fraternity’s staple philanthropic events. According to archival information at Sigma Chi International Headquarters, the first "Derby Day" event was held in 1916 at the University of California-Berkeley, home of the Fraternity's Alpha Beta chapter. Then known as the "Channing Way Derby" because of the California-Berkeley chapter's location on Channing Way and College Avenue, news of the event would spread to other chapters, many of whom then desired to create their own Derby Day. It has been successful not only in raising both capital and awareness for the designated cause, but also in portraying both Sigma Chi and the Greek-letter system as a whole in a positive light. Throughout the course of a week, the participating chapter organizes and hosts a series of events and competitions among their campus’s sororities. Money is raised through either donations, or through fundraising-type events. The event takes over campuses and communities, and highly encourages participation from outside the Greek-letter system. While Derby Days itself is not a mandatory event for any chapter of Sigma Chi to host, it is a popular tradition practiced by many chapters across North America. One of the most appealing aspects of the event is that it allows each chapter the unique opportunity to positively impact both their campus and the community as a whole.

Teams sell their baked goods during the Bake Sale

Teams sell their baked goods during the Bake Sale

This year's events were Capture a Sig, Photo Sig, Derby Chase, a bake sale, and the Derby Boot Camp. Capture a Sig lets sisters of the participating sororities "capture" a brother for the duration of the walk back to that sorority's meeting area. Photo Sig involves sisters taking pictures of brothers they see around campus. During Derby Chase brothers wear themed hats and sisters attempt to steal them. In preparation for the bake sale, brothers and sisters prepared baked goods together. On Friday teams found themselves running around campus going to 7 different stations competing in small tasks and challenges as part of the Derby Boot Camp.

A team competes in a Derby Boot Camp event

A team competes in a Derby Boot Camp event

This year the event was sponsored by Wings Over Rochester, Monster, and vineyard vines. Participants were treated to free food and Monster and were given the chance to get vv giveaways. Team members sport vineyard vines whale hats.

Alpha Xi Delta (the Marines team) won Derby Days 2013 with Delta Phi Epsilon (Army) coming in second by a narrow margin. Sigma Sigma Sigma (Navy) placed third and Zeta Tau Alpha (Air Force) and Alpha Sigma Alpha (Coast Guard) rounded out the bottom two positions. Sigma Chi, in addition to these 5 organizations, was able to raise more than $3,700 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Brothers grill during the Awards BBQ

While Derby Days has ended for the year you can still donate to the foundation through this page. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated. Sigma Chi is very grateful for everyone who contributed and participated and looks forward to an even more successful event next year! 

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