Alpha Phi soccer tourney scores big: Thousands raised for women’s heart health


Alpha Phi’s Heart Throb week starts Monday, Feb. 12. All events will be at the Alpha Phi house on Columbia Ave. in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Sydney Momeyer

Soccer and support for women’s heart health were wrapped up in a one-day event this weekend.

On Sunday, UK’s Alpha Phi sorority chapter hosted its annual Alpha Phifa tournament. The tournament was played on UK’s William H. Pieratt Fields at noon and lasted until 4:00 p.m.

The annual tournament is a series of soccer games broken up into men’s and women’s categories. The women played six games, while the men played 15 games. This year, seven sororities, 16 fraternities and two non-Greek affiliated teams participated in the tournament.

“We have a couple teams that are non-Greek life this year,” Alpha Phi’s Vice President of Community Relations Emilie Moorman said. “That’s awesome. We are really trying to get more into the community and become broader.”

The sorority hosts the event every year to raise money to support women’s heart health. All of the proceeds from the event go to the Alpha Phi Foundation. This year’s tournament raised $5,889.

“I think people in the community should see the good that comes out of Greek life because we get a bad rep,” Alpha Phi’s Phifa and Red Dress Coach Alison Emerick said. “The community can relate to these types of things because it’s a fun soccer tournament.”

According to Alpha Phi Foundation’s national website, the Foundation supports research for promoting heart health, provides scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students and helps women in need with Forget Me Not assistance grants.

“The Foundation is well known and respected internationally as a prominent philanthropic leader in the Greek community,” the website reads.

Planning for the event, which takes place every spring, began in February. Anyone in the Lexington community could enter the tournament so long as they formed a team of 10 and paid the participation fee.

“We raise money through the teams,” Moorman said. “The teams give us $175 each to play in the tournament.”

Money was also raised this year through ticket sales, which were open to UK students and the community for $5 each. Snow cones sold for $1 each and 20 percent of the money earned through snow cone sales were donated to the Foundation.

“We just want to have fun and it’s all for a good cause,” said senior participant and member of Alpha Sigma Phi Jose Rivera.

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority’s participating team won the women’s tournament, while Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity’s participating team won the men’s tournament. The winning teams will receive a barbecue from Alpha Phi.