Rubber ducks raced across the pond behind Park Hall on Sunday to raise money for children with handicaps. 

The second annual Epsilon Sigma Alpha service sorority duck race raised money for Camp Riley, a camp for children and teens who are physically disabled to experience the joys of camping and all the activities associated with it. 

Jackie Lopez, a senior telecommunications major, helped represent ESA at the event.

“All of the money and proceeds from today go to Camp Riley,” Lopez said. “What I want people to know about this event is that not only is it fun for the community, but it really helps the kids.”

A single duck could be “adopted” for $2. For $5, a sponsor could adopt three. 

Brenna South is a Camp Riley camper whose family was invited to the event as an honored guests.  She spoke about her experiences at Camp Riley. 

“It’s fun, even though I have to leave my Diet Coke at home. I ride horses and I’ve met famous athletes,” said South. “All the activities and the music today were great.”

Tyler Smith, a senior at Yorktown High School, volunteered to help with the event.

“Everyone’s been so warm and welcoming,” Smith said. 

The winning duck of the race, number 3602, received a $100 Visa Card. The second and third place winners received $50 and $25 cards, respectively.  Samantha Howes, a senior aquatics major, won the $100 Visa Card. Like Lopez, she is an active member of ESA. 

“It’s a great cause, and the weather is nice and warm,” Howes says. “There’s no better way to show your support.”