Sixty-eight college basketball teams took to the court in March for their chance to make history in NCAA March Madness. Long time rivals went head-to-head. Cinderella teams dreamed of cutting down the nets. Everyone put in their all for honor, for glory, for being crowned the best in the nation! In the end there was only one winner for the NCAA tournament, but unlike the NCAA Chi Phi crowned three winners across four categories in the Chi Phi March Mania Challenge.
Chapters went head-to-head fighting to win glory and honor and to make Chi Phi history. More importantly, everyone was working to raise money to support Chapters, educational programs and scholarships for Chi Phi Brothers. Chapters scored one point for every dollar donated by students and alumni. At the end of March, the Chapters with the most points scored by alumni, the most points scored by students, the most alumni participating and the most students participating would walk away winners.
The month started off hotly contested. Rho Delta went up against Theta Zeta and after cruising to a victory Rho Delta faced perennial powerhouse Beta. Just like Florida Gulf Coast University in the NCAA tournament Rho Delta pulled off a big victory advancing all the way to the final four. Theta Delta made an easy run to the elite eight where they faced Delta Zeta. Delta Zeta actives hit the phones and called alumni asking them to help score points. After a battle, Delta Zeta engaged more alumni than any other Chapter but Theta Delta was able to bank more points from alumni. Theta Delta would go on to face Eta in the final four and advance to the Championship where they met up with Cinderella story, Lambda Theta.
In the end, Lambda Theta was able to sweep the student participation and points score by students categories. Theta Delta hung on to win the most points scored by alumni, but Delta Zeta won the alumni participation category.
These Chapters continued the Chi Phi winning tradition. Over the past two years, Chi Phi has been winning big! We have added seven chapters to our rolls. We have brought back the College of Excellence and added the Alphas Academy to train chapter presidents. Chapters are performing at the highest levels we have ever seen. All of this is because of generous donations from Alumni, actives, parents and friends.
Through the March Mania Challenge $24,293 was donated to support Chapter Excellence Funds and Chi Phi Scholarships. While Theta Delta, Lambda Theta and Delta Zeta will walk away with trophies, every Chi Phi Brother and Chapter benefited from March Mania.