Wofford Fraternity Raises Funds to Buy Athletic Equipment

SPARTANBURG, SC – New basketballs, t-shirts, and basketball equipment will be purchased with funds raised by Wofford’s Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity this spring.

Each year the fraternity sponsors a basketball tournament to raise funds for the athletics department at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. This year marked the fifth year the fraternity has sponsored the tournament. The tournament has helped the school purchase football training equipment, track uniforms, travel bags, a golf cart, and warm-up suits for the basketball, volleyball and goalball teams.

Recently, the fraternity presented the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind’s fund-raising arm, The Walker Foundation, with a check for $4,700 raised at this spring’s tournament. The fraternity raises funds in the three-on-three tournament by charging each player $10. The fraternity also charges admission and offers sponsorship opportunities. The winning team is awarded a $300 cash prize and the remainder goes to the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.

“Five years ago, two Wofford students presented the idea of the Hornet Hoops Tournament to us,” said Ann Akerman, chief executive officer of The Walker Foundation. “It’s great to see current students carry on the dream of those original students as well as the legacy of character, sportsmanship and philanthropy they demonstrated.”

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s only specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre K-12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in school districts and homes throughout the state. For more information, go to www.scsdb.org or call the school’s toll-free number at 1-888-447-2732.