By Savannah Simons, Staff Writer
The month of October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to promote awareness of breast cancer and the hardships it brings to many families across the nation. Hints of pink will be sported around campuses, in retail stores and even on jerseys of players within the National Football League.
High Point University’s Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is promoting breast cancer next month by hosting a powderpuff and cookout event on the intramural fields on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is one of HPU’s 4 National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations and is one of three black Greek sororities on campus. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was chartered at HPU in 2008 based on the four principles of scholarship, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood.
While Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s national philanthropy is March of Dimes, a non-profit organization that seeks improvement in the health of babies and their mothers, this is the first event they have held to promote breast cancer.
“I wanted to find a fun way to raise awareness on breast cancer,” said Monyae Williamson, President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. “What better way than women playing football and men cheerleading?”
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. decided to hold a powderpuff and cookout in order to promote breast cancer awareness because “breast cancer is something that is very serious to me,” Williamson said. “I’ve had to deal with issues of breast cancer before in my family and in my personal life.”
While breast cancer is very common among women, Williamson wanted to promote awareness for not only females, but for males as well.
“A lot of people don’t think of men getting breast cancer, but it is possible,” said Williamson. The idea of hosting an event where both men and women can participate was what Williamson was really aiming for.
Due to previous members graduating over the past few years, Williamson is currently the only active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. on campus. Fortunately, both her advisor, Shauna Irwin, and Greek Life coordinator, Terina Cugliari, collaborated with Williamson in order to help make the event possible.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Powderpuff Game and Cookout event will be taking place on Oct. 6. Registration to play will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the intramural fields next to the soccer stadium and kickoff will take place at 1 p.m. There will be a $5 entry fee, which includes participation in the game as well as food. The cookout will take place directly after the game from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds will be going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
For more information on the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and their powderpuff and cookout event, you can follow them on Twitter at @EpsilonTauZetas or visit their Facebook page by searching “ExquiZite Epsilon Tau Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.”