On April 13, 2013, the same day as Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity's National Day of Service, the men of the Texas Alpha Chapter (University of Texas) worked to create a memorable experience for hundreds in the greater Austin area. Partnering with the women of Delta Delta Delta, they organized an event called "Fun Fest," which became the largest Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) event ever held with a University of Texas organization.
In the end, 134 Club kids, ages 6-12, representing the 18 Austin-area Clubs, were on hand. Each was paired one-on-one with a Phi Psi or Tri Delta member, providing a UT buddy for the day. Each pair participated in all activities together, learning from a shared experience and mentoring discussions. There was a series of recreational activities, like relay races, tug-of-war, and much more. In addition, at the end of the day, an official check presentation from Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area was made in the amount of $5,000 to aid in future programming at the local Clubs.
"By holding Fun Fest, our brothers were able to physically and monetarily give back to our community," said Chapter President John Powers Texas '10. "Our philanthropy committee did a phenomenal job and the alumni support we had along the way was indispensable. I am truly pleased with our chapter and what were able to do for the Boys and Girls Club."
Beyond the money raised, the day provided a chance for underprivileged kids to venture outside of their communities and be exposed to new people, opportunities and ideas. In addition, the weekend supported the chapter's ongoing efforts to increase the visibility and awareness of the BGCAA. The Clubs serve 1,700 kids per day (over 12,000 annually) by providing a safe, nurturing environment from 3-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and during the summer. At the Clubs, kids receive homework help, healthy snacks, engage in physical fitness activities, spend time with their friends, and benefit from coaching and mentoring.
In the Austin area, there is a great need to serve more kids, with an estimated 30,000 additional children in need who are not being served by existing Clubs. This event will further promote the chapter's growth plan for Austin's leading youth development agency.