A new chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity was chartered this fall at Stony Brook University. The group is focused on being a positive light through campus involvement and community service.
Pi Kappa Phi held a bike-a-thon, their first outdoor event, in October. The goal was to raise awareness for children with disabilities.
The group set the stage by placing stationary bikes under a tent on the Academic Mall. Students took turns pedaling away, with members riding on the bikes at all times during the 8am-6pm day.
Many students, faculty and staff stopped by the event to inquire about the activity and offer support.
Pi Kappa Phi had a fundraising goal of $500 and was able to surpass that to $640 through the interest of the campus community. Funds are donated to the Ability Experience, a nonprofit philanthropic organization created and managed by the national fraternity making a difference for people with disabilities.
The bike-a-thon is modeled after a national fundraising event called the Journey of Hope, where participants pedal from the west coast to Washington, D.C. to create awareness and improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Stony Brook University is located on Long Island, NY.