The members of Kappa Alpha Society (KA) are partnering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for their first fundraising event of the year. KA brothers will host what they hope to be a college version of March Madness, a MDA charity basketball tournament. The event will take place in the backyard of KA on Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 11 a.m.
With the help of the players and spectator, the fraternity is hoping to raise $2,000 to donate to the MDA. Teams are encouraged to sign up for a $20 entry fee donation. Spectators are asked to donate $5.
“It’s satisfying to know that all of the money that we raise will go directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and towards the research of such conditions,” says Liam Brooks ’17, KA brother and one of the event organizers.
The benefit was selected in honor of one of the fraternity’s members who is battling a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy encompasses a spectrum of more than 30 genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness, loss of muscle mass, and degeneration of skeletal muscles. There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy, but medications and therapy help manage the symptoms or slow the course of the disease.
With the basketball hoop recently installed, the members hope the tournatment will bring HWS students together to honor their brother and raise money for this important cause.