Kappa Delta twists for a cause

Sorority sisters, fraternity brothers and just about any other flexible Ball State student showed up to participate in the Kappa Delta's annual Twister Tournament on Saturday to raise money for the Brain Tumor Association of America.

For a chance to win the first prize, 10 teams tried to outlast the others to carry one of their members to the final board. The event started with two teams of four competing against each other on larger than normal Twister boards. Each game was timed at five minutes and whoever was left "standing" at the end of the five minutes earned a point. The team with more members left earned more points.

The final game came down to eight people competing against each other on a regular-sized Twister board.

Morgan Dragoo was the representative for her team in the finals.

"I was a little bit nervous at first because everyone was watching us," the senior interior design major said. "But it was nice because all of our teammates were there and they were cheering me on and it was a good support group,"

Dragoo didn't win first place. Instead, her team won "Best Costume." Dragoo and her roommates came dressed as horses but they said dressing up wasn't their only reason for attending the tournament.

"We came to support our roommate, Maddie Toth, who's in Kappa Delta and we are also supporting the cause," Claire Thomison, senior urban planning and economics major, said.

The first Twister Tournament was held in 2004 when one of Kappa Delta's sorority sisters was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Jill Krieger, Kappa Delta's public relations chair said.

Lindsey Arnold was a sophomore at Ball State when she was diagnosed. To support their sister and help pay for her expensive medical bills, Kappa Delta decided to hold a Twister Tournament because Twister was her favorite game, according to a press release.

Krieger said despite the money raised by the first tournament, Arnold died the next year. The sorority now continues the tournament yearly as a way to remember Arnold and to continue helping those who have brain cancer.

"Most of us that are currently in the sorority [weren't] given a chance to meet her," Krieger said. "But ... it's part of our tradition so we follow through with it every year."

Even though all the bills have been paid for Arnold, the chapter keeps in touch with her mother, Krieger said.

"She actually sends us a letter every year and we send her a letter, and we let her know how much money we've donated this year," Krieger said.

Megan Burns, president of Kappa Delta, said they raised over $2,500 at the event.

"I feel like we had a really good turnout for the weekend that it was," Burns said. "We still had more teams than we thought we would, so we were pleased with it."



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