Philanthropy event tumbles into a new location this year


Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Delta perform a halftime show at philanthropy event Bring It On at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 15. 

Megan Rohrbach

Competitors tumbled, flipped and cheered their hardest in hopes to take home the top prize.

UK Greek organizations were competing at Bring It On, the annual cheerleading competition for charity.

This is the seventh year that Beta Theta Pi and Kappa Delta hosted the philanthropy event, but this was its first year in Memorial Coliseum.

Andrew Murphy, member of Beta Theta Pi, said the event is a “thrill.”

“We are extremely excited and greatly honored to be in what is hopefully the permanent home of Bring It On for the rest of its existence, Memorial Coliseum,” Murphy said.

Twelve teams, including 24 fraternities and sororities, competed against each other in a three-minute routine.

First, second and third place winners received trophies, and the first place winner also received a cash prize to go toward charity.

Teams could attend events prior to the competition to receive “spirit points” that contributed to their overall scores. Ticket sales, t-shirt sales, attending restaurant nights and the Bring It On cookout earned spirit points.

Once the final scores were tallied, the three placing teams were announced. Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Sigma Phi landed in third place. Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Nu tumbled into second, while Alpha Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon stuck the landing and took home the first place prize.

Five teams performed before halftime. During the intermission, Beta theta Pi and Kappa Delta cheerleaders performed. During the second half, the remaining seven teams competed.

Friends and family were able to come out and show support for their favorite cheerleaders.

“In high school I watched a lot of cheerleading events and I was a dancer, so it’s kind of cool and nostalgic to watch events again,” sophomore Isabel Moore said. “I think the coolest part about this is that it’s fun, but also benefits a charity.”

“I’m excited to see how much we’re able to raise and lives we are able to impact,” Nick Strakhov, Beta Theta Pi’s Bring It On co-overall chair, said.

The money raised from the philanthropy event is split between Beta Theta Pi’s and Kappa Delta’s philanthropies, God’s Pantry Food Bank and The Nest Center For Women, Children and Families.

God’s Food Pantry Bank is a part of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. Its mission is to help reduce hunger in Kentucky.

The Nest Center For Women, Children and Families provides a safe environment for continuation of education, counseling services and for support for children and families in crisis.