Tag Archives: Greek Letter Organization

Sigma Gamma Rho Makes Positive Strokes in Water Safety & Swimming ED

25 Jul

La Peyrecout - Swimming Pool with View (single chair)

 

 The national sorority Sigma Gamma Rho recently announced a community oriented partnership with  USA  Swimming  during their national Boule earlier this month.  This initiative has been established  with several goals in mind.  Both organizations would like to promote water safety education and encourage entry into the sport of swimming.  The sorority will use the established platform that USA Swimming has created on SwimToday.org .  This site will allow the sorority to  offer water safety education and learn to swim programs within their member curriculum and community service outreach starting fall of 2012.  With 500 chapters across the USA, Sigma Gamma Rho  will become a resource for getting the word out about the importance of learning to swim and water safety.   The sorority also plans to include water safety as a part of  their Rhoer Curriculum, youth symposium and Project Reassurance teachings.

This partnership is certain to add a positive community impact on the number of people throughout our nation that become active swimmers and understand the importance of water safety.  The sport of swimming is attractive to all age groups because participation  does not require high impact or expensive equipment. 

For more information about the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority please visit their national website : http://www.sgrho1922.org.

To learn more about the sport of swimming and water safety please join USA Swimming: http://www.usaswimming.org.

Resolve to Volunteer More in 2012

26 Jan

This is a great article from the Volunteer Spot via Mom Bloggers for Social Good. It highlights some really great tips for us all to consider when working to increase our volunteer activities. As you “Go Hard Greek” out into the communities keep these tips in mind to make your service less stressful and create a higher posiitve impact!!  Click the banner above to read the full post!

Remembering Dr Martin Luther King today!

17 Jan

Had to share this beautiful picture of Dr Martin Luther King and his fraternity brothers of 

 Alpha Phi Alpha!

I have never seen this before !

Dr King  pledged while he attended Boston University as a graduate student. 

This picture makes you smile for sure !

Such handsome young men.

A big thanks goes out to The Black History Album for sharing this amazing historic photo!

Martin Luther King Jr. Pledging Alpha Phi Alpha, circa 1952

Pay it Forward – Go Hard for Mentoring Youth!

11 Jan

Go Hard Greek is sending the reminder that January is Mentoring Month. Below is a video of a  speech by President Obama challenging us to mentor the youth in our lives, in the community to make a positive impact on the future of our country!  Greek Letter organizations have  the ability to connect with community centers and schools to create ongoing mentoring programs!  Does your chapter have any mentoring programs in place – share the link with us – we would love to learn more!

Zeta Tau Alpha – Saving Lids to Save Lives!!

7 Jan

We would like to offer this space as a shout out to the Ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha who challenged their fellow sisters to collect Yoplait lids  to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research.  These ladies took the challenge to make a difference and raise funds thru the collection of the Yoplait  lids from September thru December of  2011.  The collective effort of these amazing women yielded a whooping total of  358,202 yogurt lids  which translated into a $15,000 donation to the ZTA  Foundation for  breast cancer education and awareness programs and $30,000 to Susan G. Komen affiliates!!  Strong Work Ladies —   This is truly an example of Going Hard Greek!!

Here are a couple of the videos ZTA has posted to show all the fun the Ladies had during the campaign!  

2011 Yoplait Lid Count from Zeta Tau Alpha on Vimeo.

 

 

Save Lids To Save Lives Challenge from Zeta Tau Alpha on Vimeo.

Iota Phi Theta Teaches Healthy Moves !!

13 Dec

Community service is a central pilar of many greek letter organizations. Giving back to the local community whether it is college campus or local residents can be done in many fun and creative ways.   The members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc  from Virginia State University  organized a teaching session with young people from the community.  The VSU Fraternity members enlightened  the children with  a fun way to engage in healthy activity – stepping!  The video below highlights the members of the Eta Chaper teaching the kids a few moves!  This session teaches the children a very valuable lesson – you can have fun and be healthy! 

What creative ways is your organization working to make the community a better place?  We would love to highlight it here on our blog!

 

Establishing Another Standard – Greek Life without Hazing

9 Dec
FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion

Praying for the Family, Friends & Classmates of Robert Champion

With the recent sad news of  the death of FAMU Band Drum Major Robert Champion  our minds are refocused on thoughts of  the many underground activities that occur on  and off  college campuses across our nation.   The death of this young man has not been attributed to hazing but many, many people  are asking questions with raised eyebrows…  why did this young man with such a bright future lose his life?   Was there hazing involved,  was the administration aware, were the band directors aware…… etc???   These are all questions the family, friends and local  law enforcement officers  are working to find answers to.

Recently we came across this great  interview by HBCU Digest with Dr Lori Patton-Davis  that takes a close look at hazing on the HBCU campuses. Because this is not an isolated activity of HBCU’s we all must look at why the distructive behavior continues to be accepted by young people looking to join sororities and frternities.   Too many times  we have lost bright young people to hazing activities that had no true purpose.

Greek Letter Organizations members,  panhellenic councils, college administrations, bands  and more need to take a stand against the belief  that abusive actions are acceptable as long as everyone survives.   Can we all work to Go Hard  for Greek unity and positive actions that build our communities?  This is the truly amazing  legacy that sororities  and fraternities can leave.  The HBCU Digest program below is a wonderful example of not only discussing the wrongs that are being perpetrated but also offers some very positive thoughts and examples for changing how the public views these organizations.   Positive, supportive community actions that uplift, teach and offer true leadership is what these groups should be striving for.  

Take a listen to “The Big Hazing Show”  below presented by HBCU Digest.   What is your organizations stance on hazing?  What is your college or university doing to stop the negative behavior?    What do you think can be done to turn this negative behavior around?

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