Four words describe the sororities powderpuff tournament; pain, excitement, intensity and philanthropy. At Gamma Phi Beta’s Crescent Classic, seven teams played their hearts out. Each team came out of the weekend full of excitement about playing or about raising money for Girls on the Run.
“It’s nice it come out and support another sorority’s event and support our own chapter at the same time,” said junior Sarah Coleman, a member of Alpha Xi Delta.
A large aspect of the Crescent Classic is Greek unity and being able to support others and come together to support philanthropy.
This is Gamma Phi Beta’s 16th annual Crescent Classic, in past years more than $15,000 have been raised and the sorority is hoping to have raised just as much, if not more. Around 200 people watched the powderpuff football tournament, the upper track beside Beaujolais field was full of noise and excitement.
Powderpuff started at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning and lasted until 3:30 p.m. It continued on Sunday at 10 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. It was double elimination for each team. Alpha Omicron Pi and Alpha Delta Pi lost both games Saturday, which ended with neither sorority continuing onto Sunday’s festivities.
“My favorite part of our philanthropy is watching the Greek unity that takes place,” said Lindsey Smith, the coordinator for the Crescent Classic.
Smith looks forward to seeing how much money will end up being donated to Girls on the Run.
“This years powderpuff tournament has been one for the books, and I’m proud to see that the Greek community has been out in full force supporting other Greeks,” said senior Lauren Hawkins, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma.
In the championship game Phi Sigma Sigma and Gamma Phi Beta were fighting for the title of 2014 Crescent Classic Champions.
“As a senior, powderpuff is one of my favorite events and I wish I could stay and play again, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said Ann Heuschel, a member of Alpha Xi Delta.
Each team started practicing about a month or month and a half before the actual event. They each put in a tremendous amount of time and dedication into participating in Gamma Phi Beta’s philanthropy. Before the actual tournament started, Gamma Phi Beta tabled outside of the Student Center with a pre-event called Penny Wars.
Each sorority that competed had a mason jar with their names written on it along with the name of the team coaching them.
Nobody scored in the championship game between Gamma Phi Beta and Phi Sigma Sigma until overtime. Gamma Phi Beta took home the title with a score of 6-0. With Gamma Phi taking first place, Phi Sigma Sigma placed second and Alpha Xi Delta placed third.