Pi Kappa Alpha goes pink
Members of the UALR chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha (Pikes) plan to show their support of those affected by breast cancer in the “3 Miles of Men.”
Undeclared sophomore Jeremy Abele, internal vice president of Pi Kappa Alpha, said between 15 and 20 members and pledges are expected to turnout. Participants in the “3 Miles of Men” offer support for the women during the 5K race.
In addition to their sideline support, the fraternity is sponsoring a race team known as “Pike Girls 2010.” The team is composed of friends and some members of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
According to team captain Anna Marie Rambo, eight UALR students comprise the team. Rambo is a Pi Beta Phi alum and a junior double majoring in health science and advertising and public relations.
Abele said the alumni have contributed donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to cover the women’s entry fees. Active members and pledges are supplying the team’s shirts for race day.
Abele also said one alum’s wife is a breast cancer survivor. He also said that he wouldn’t be surprised to hear that most of the members have some connection to breast cancer. “We’re supporting women overall,” he said.
The Pikes have participated in the event in previous years, but this is the first year they sought to sponsor a team. “They have really stepped up their game,” Rambo said about the fraternity’s community service efforts. The fraternity has a number of projects planned throughout the year to benefit the Little Rock area.
“I think this will be great for us sponsoring this, not just for Pi Kappa Alpha,” Adele said, “but the Greek community in general from UALR.”
Abele hopes this will change many perceptions of fraternities. “It will help people realize,” he said. “These people are actually academic and they’re getting involved in the community.”
For any males interested in participating in the “3 Miles of Men” with Pi Kappa Alpha, contact Abele at firstname.lastname@example.org.