Pi Kappa Phi, Tyler Thorns bring wheelchair basketball tournament to UT Tyler

On Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, the Theta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi partnered with local National Wheelchair Basketball Association team, the Tyler Thorns, to host a wheelchair basketball tournament at the University of Texas at Tyler.

UT Tyler student organizations, including other UT Tyler fraternities and sororities, competed against each other in the fundraiser for Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy, The Ability Experience, and the Tyler Thorns.

“Events like these highlight the camaraderie of the Greek community at UT Tyler, as we all pull together for a great cause and support each other as a community,” said Sean Reinertson, Pi Kappa Phi’s Ability Experience chairman.

A sizable crowd showed up to cheer on the players, including family and friends of the Tyler Thorns and dozens of UT Tyler students. More than $400 were raised from ticket sales and team registration fees, which will be split by the Thorns and The Ability Experience.

The Tyler Thorns came out on top at the tournament, but several of the teams are already looking forward to a re-match next Spring.

The Ability Experience, formerly Push America, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. The Ability Experience was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Although the organization is still fulfilling the purpose for which it was intended, The Ability Experience has grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit with numerous programs educating undergraduates, alumni and communities about the abilities of people with disabilities.

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