Atlanta, GA, April 23, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Phi Delta Theta chapters across Georgia jointly hosted the first annual Iron Phive K for ALS on March 29, 2015. The race was part of a state-wide event coordinated by the undergraduate chapters at University of Georgia, Mercer University and Georgia Tech with proceeds going to support ALS research.
After several months of planning and preparation, the three simultaneous 5k runs grossed nearly $10,000 in race entry fees, sponsorships and donations. Donations will be split between ALS’s National Office and the ALS Association Georgia Chapter.
“It has been exciting to partner with Phi Delta Theta on this great event,” said Sarah Embro, Executive Director of The ALS Association of Georgia. “Their continued support both here locally and as a national sponsor of The ALS Association is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to help generate awareness of ALS and toward finding a cure.”
The 2015 Iron Phive K was part of the 2015 Black Bag Race Series and was open to the public. Awards were presented at each race site to overall male/female, overall masters male/female and top 3 finishers in standard age groups from 10 and under to 75 and over. Also recognized was Georgia Delta member Owen Fisher who completed the run and raised $1,000 to meet the requirements for becoming an Iron Phi.
“It’s been a great opportunity to partner with other Phi Delt chapters across the state for a common cause, especially one as important to Phi Delta Theta at both the national and local level,” said Grant Gosden, Georgia Alpha race organizer. “Baseball great Lou Gehrig was a member of Phi Delta Theta as well as a victim of this disease so participating has an even greater meaning for us.”
Phi Delta Theta has already committed to making the Georgia Iron Phive K an annual event and has reserved April 3 as the date for 2016.
About Iron Phi
The Iron Phi program was developed as a way to strengthen both Phi Delta Theta and its impact on the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. The Fraternity has a philanthropic partnership with The ALS Association, a non-profit entity with the mission of bringing awareness to the disease and finding its cure. Through the fundraising efforts of members of Phi Delta Theta on the way to achieving personal athletic goals, the Fraternity mobilizes its membership base to help The ALS Association and Phi Delta Theta Foundation achieve its missions.
Known as the "Iron Horse" during his baseball career, Gehrig, who was initiated into Phi Delta Theta while studying at Columbia University, displayed a never-give-up attitude after being stricken with ALS, continuing to inspire those around him. Visit http://support.ironphi.org/ for more information or to make a donation.
About The ALS Association Georgia Chapter
The ALS Association Georgia Chapter and its National Office operate under a shared mission. The ALS Association is the only nationally affiliated not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to ALS and its mission is to find the cause of the disease and cure through global, cutting-edge research. The ALS Association empowers people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing compassionate care and support. For more information, contact the chapter at (404) 636-9909.
About Phi Delta Theta
Phi Delta Theta was founded on December 26, 1848 at Miami University in Oxford, OH. The men of Phi Delta Theta share a common commitment -- the cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture, and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality.