Members of Binghamton University Greek Life took aim at diabetes Friday as they dodged balls for charity.
The fraternity members of Delta Epsilon Psi hosted a dodgeball tournament, raising $1,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Raising double their original goal, the members had a lot to say about their success.
“We couldn’t ask for anything more from the campus and the community. We managed to raise $1,000. It’s definitely remarkable,” said Shreyans Sanghvi, a senior majoring in integrative neuroscience.
The fraternity chose the JDRF because of its special significance.
“JDRF has been our national philanthropy [since] one of our brothers, Vishal Bhagat, passed away and requested that Delta Epsilon Psi support JDRF,” said Tommy Higgins, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering. “Since then, every chapter in our fraternity has made it a constant effort to help support JDRF.”
The first-place winning team was awarded $200 and a trophy, and the second-place team was awarded $50.
“We believed [dodgeball] would be a great way to get students on campus engaged,” said Rakin Zaman, a sophomore majoring in computer science.
Starting with 13 teams, groups played the classic game until all but two teams were left for the final round. With music like “The Final Countdown” and “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background, students threw foam balls at their opposing team, watched closely by two referees.
“It got pretty intense at times, which I think was the point. It was awesome,” said spectator Veenita Kumar, a BU alumna.
After four hours of playing and 11 teams eliminated, the Colts defeated the Conquistadors in the final.
“It feels pretty good to win $200,” said Nathaniel Kiff, a member of the Colts and a sophomore majoring in management. “I’m pumped up. I would do this every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and so forth if I could.”
Jason Kuttiyara, a member of the Conquistadors and a sophomore majoring in bioengineering, said that he was disappointed by the loss, but still said he was positive about the day.
“I wanted to win, but it happens,” Kuttiyara said. “It was for a good cause, and it was great.”
More than 100 people showed up to the event, both as competitors and spectators.
“I know a bunch of guys who are organizing it, and I knew it was going to be a great turnout, and it definitely was,” Kumar said.