Eta Iota Sigma frisbee tournament benefits American Cancer Society


One Frisbee, two end zones, and seven players: The name of the game is Ultimate Frisbee. Several students came out Saturday morning to play for a cause and combat cancer.

 Eta Iota Sigma sorority held its annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament, donating all proceeds to the American Cancer Society.

 “We believe in doing as much philanthropy as possible and helping out with anyone any way we can,” Eta Iota Sigma President Lacey Hood said.

The sorority supports the American Cancer Society by donating money and providing a ministry for people with cancer, Hood said. The sorority received letters from alumni asking the sorority to be a “light” in someone else’s life, Hood said. 

As a chapter, the women will write encouraging letters and send Bible scriptures to those suffering from cancer or those who are close to someone who has cancer, Hood said.

“We’ve had people send us letters and say this is what they needed to help fight and get encouragement,” Hood said.

The tournament consisted of a nine-team bracket, and was open to anyone who wanted to participate, junior environmental science major Sally Clark said.  

Clark posted announcements in TCU Announce and flyers around campus, but the participants were from Greek organizations or the two club Ultimate Frisbee teams, she said. 

Ultimate Frisbee was chosen as the sport because the group wanted to be unique and attract other organizations on campus to get as many people involved as possible, Hood said.

 “Ultimate is a really fun way for people to bond and collaborate together,” Hood said.

While some students came out to participate just for the fun of it, others were more serious and competitive.

Nathan Beckham, a senior graphic design major, has been playing ultimate frisbee for eight years and is a member on the TCU club team.

Despite his competitive will to win, Beckham said the sport has given him long-lasting friendships.

“Ultimate frisbee is like my fraternity, but it is co-ed and I have a lot of close-knit friends in it,” Beckham said.

Lindsay Legendre, a sophomore film-television-digital media major, said she enjoyed the tournament because of the time she spent with friends.

“We just get a chance to build each other up whenever we are going through a hard time,” she said.