Gamma Sigma Phi plans to ‘bring campus together’ with 68-hour volleyball event

The men of Gamma Sigma Phi will play volleyball for 68 consecutive hours, and all for a good cause.

The event will take place Nov. 10-13 at the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center as well as the newly renovated Moody Coliseum, and donations will benefit Stick Horses and Capes, a local nonprofit that helps provide financial assistance to bereaved families who have lost a child.

The organization began when Marshall and Shelley Pinkston lost their child, Hollis Hayes Pinkston. After their painful loss, the Pinkstons created Stick Horses and Capes and held an annual clay shoot in honor of Hollis. The money raised by the organization is distributed to families across the country.

“I was completely blown away and so honored that GSP wanted to get more involved with our why,” said Shelley, president of Stick Horses and Capes. “That says a lot about GSP’s group of young men.”

Earlier this fall, GSP participated in the organization’s annual clay shoot to provide additional assistance in the smooth running of the event. After the event, GSP decided to donate all proceeds from this year’s annual 68-hour volleyball event to the organization. GSP then created sponsorship packages ranging from $250 to $1,000 to support the organization. Austin Petree, senior service activities coordinator for GSP, said the club was still accepting sponsorships.

“It’s a great organization that we wanted to help,” said Petree. “We just wanted to give back that way.”

The event is not just for GSP members, but invites the entire ACU community to come together and help support Stick Horses and Capes.

“This year we have a unique opportunity to benefit the community as a whole,” said Petree. “We benefit those in crisis across the country. Whether we raise $5,000 or $50,000, we are still going to make a difference.

The event will begin Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. and end Nov. 13 at 12 p.m. for a total of 68 hours of continuous volleyball. Some of the event features include a tournament in the newly renovated Moody, glow-in-the-dark volleyball, Sunday chapel service, free food and more. The 68-hour goal stems from the club’s founding in 1968. Kaden Yowell, president of GSP, said the club is built on service and generosity.

“Sixty-eight is not a value,” Yowell said. “It’s about the person next to you, it’s about your neighbor. These are all the other members of the community who give back. We can only do this through the Christian fellowship we have established, pushing each member to be better people, better men of God. You can’t do this without a supportive group as you walk with the Lord.

Tournament registration during the event began Monday at the Campus Center with a small entry fee for each team.

“It’s not just for GSP, it’s for everyone,” Yowell said. “We want everyone there, whether it’s 1:00 a.m., early afternoon, or whatever.”

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