Why Playing Flag Football for 24 Hours is a Good Idea
My fraternity chapter at Case Western, Sigma Phi Epsilon, annually hosts a 24 Flag Football Marathon as our philanthropy event to raise money for our local philanthropy, The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland. Last year, as a freshman, I was slowly getting acclimated to college life and exactly how SigEp operates as a group. Because of this, I only spent about 4 hours in the middle of the night hanging out at Freiberger Field with some of my other brothers.
This year was a little different; as VP Programming, I was bestowed with the responsibility for planning and running the event when I returned to campus in August. Well, I was not expecting that over the summer. Remind you, at the point where I figured out I had to head this up, I had little to no idea on exactly how the event is conducted. So yes, what ensued was a great experience to learn, grow and stress myself out unnecessarily! For those that haven’t figured it out yet, I’m blessed with the gift of taking everything a little too seriously. Yes this plays to my advantage for the majority of my endeavors, however it occasionally gets the best of me.
This year we had 26 teams signup and play during the 24 hour time period this weekend. Between their entry fees and the money collected from the raffle during the tournament, we raised $1500! Compared to last year, we raised an extra $500 this time around. It was one of those moments where you can exactly sit back, recap, and know your hard work paid off!
Nothing personifies me taking the event too seriously more than the fact that I was at the event for a solid 18 or so hours. Definitely promised myself I wouldn’t, but I did anyway. However, I survived, and I had a very good time throughout the event. I didn’t want to leave because I was having fun, not because I felt like the event would fail without me (for the most part).
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the event: