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OHIO honor fraternity hosting contest to raise funds for local schools

‘Duel for the Schools’ to be held Saturday, April 19

Ohio University’s chapter of Phi Sigma Pi, a co-ed national honor fraternity, is hosting an “Amazing Race” type of competition to raise money for area schools.

Duel for the Schools will be held Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peden Stadium. In years past, the competition, modeled after CBS’ “Amazing Race,” in which teams compete in a race around the world, has been held on the South Beach of the Athens Campus. According to Holly Nesbitt, leadership chair for Phi Sigma Pi, moving the competition to Peden Stadium allows the event organizers more options for the competition as well as entertainment.

“Peden has more space,” Nesbitt said. “And this year we are looking to obtain a stage and provide more entertainment.”

Duel for the Schools challenges teams of three to four people in a game of speed and wits. Participating teams will race to complete 30 activities – ranging from three-legged races to a name-that-song challenge to balancing a chemical equation – located throughout the Athens Campus as well as in the surrounding area.

Each competing team is participating in the competition to race funds for local schools as well as the charities of their choice.

Fifty percent of the money raised during the event through registration fees will be donated to local schools for supplies, clothing, food and other necessities. The remaining 50 percent will be divided among the top three teams to be given to a charity of their choice. The first-place team will receive 25 percent of the registration fees for its charity; the second-place team will get 15 percent; and the third-place team will receive 10 percent.

“Last year’s event was very successful,” said Nesbitt.

OHIO President Roderick J. McDavis is scheduled to speak at this year’s event. Other special guests will include Vice President of Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi, Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones and Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl.

The cost to participate in the competition is $28 per team, and registration for the event is under way. Those interested in registering may do so through a member of Phi Sigma Pi, at tables set up at Baker University Center April 9 and April 14-18, or on the morning of the event.

Those interested in competing in the event are encouraged to get other teams to register. If your team encourages another team to register, both teams will receive a “Golden Cheat,” which is a ticket that gives the teams the advantage of knowing whether a particular activity station at the competition has an “easy” task.

All Duel for the Schools participants will receive a free T-shirt, and a concert is planned after the event. Brenen’s Coffee Café in Athens will be providing food.

For more information, visit the Duel for the Schools Facebook page.