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OHIO service fraternity hosting kickball tourney to fight cystic fibrosis

The Ohio University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, is gearing up for its third annual kickball tournament to fight cystic fibrosis.

The "Kick CF! Kickball Tournament" is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the intramural softball fields on the Athens Campus. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

According to the foundation's website, cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of an estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 individuals worldwide. More than 70 percent of these individuals are diagnosed with the disease by age 2, and the predicted median age of survival for a person diagnosed with cystic fibrosis is in the late 30s.

The OHIO chapter of Alpha Phi Omega began hosting the benefit kickball tournament three years ago after student MacKenzie Snyder witnessed a high school friend, Jordan Wood, battle the disease.

"Within two years he had two double lung transplants," Snyder, a graduate student studying speech-language pathology, said of her friend. "Seeing him in and out the hospital for two years and his struggles with (cystic fibrosis) inspired me to start the event."

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation developed "Kick CF," a nationwide program that challenges college students to help raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis. One of the ways that college students can get involved in the program is by hosting sporting events, including kickball, softball, flag football, dodgeball and volleyball tournaments, to raise funds for cystic fibrosis. These athletic events are designed to boost a campus' competitive spirit while bringing the community together for a worthy cause.

Sunday's kickball tournament on the Athens Campus will feature teams of eight to 12 people. Registration for the tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, by contacting Cami Oberlin at 513-213-2948 prior to the event or by e-mailing serviceweek.aphiodeltagamma@gmail.com. Registration is $5 per person, and participants may sign up individually or as a team.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/198402913674213/