From September 28 to October 2, 2015, the Theta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi held their annual “Ability Week” to raise funds and create awareness for Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy, the Ability Experience. Each event held on the UT Tyler campus aims to engage the entire study body through awareness and service projects, fundraisers, and creative programming like “Pie-a-Pi Kapp” and the award-winning “Peg-A-Pi Kapp” on Harvey Lake.
This year the Theta Pi Chapter expanded their bike-a-thon to a 24-hour cycling marathon. This feat of endurance serves as a perfect conversation starter with fellow students to explain the mission of the Ability Experience. Philanthropy chairman Danny Diep said the activity was inspired by one of the organization’s national events, the Journey of Hope, which is a cross-country cycling trek that spreads a message of acceptance and understanding for people with disabilities. “It not only convinced UT Tyler students to ask questions about our philanthropy, but they would also end up participating in the bike-a-thon and hang out with us while getting a better understanding about what our philanthropy does.”
Another new event added to Ability Week 2015 was a wheelchair basketball game. Chapter members got a chance to play against the “Tyler Thorns” in a UT Tyler campus gym. The Thorns are wheelchair basketball team affiliated with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Team Captain of the Tyler Thorns Francis Key loved the competition between the team and the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi and welcomed another opportunity to play another game at UT Tyler. The Theta Pi Chapter looks forward to making a wheelchair basketball game a mainstay for our Ability Week events for years to come.
For more information about our philanthropy, visit www.abilityexperience.org.