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Alpha Kappa Psi races toward education

April 2014

On April 13, the members of Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity will again help underprivileged children at the Winton Hills Academy by sponsoring a race. Like the Trick-or-Trot run in the fall of 2013, proceeds from registrations for "The Amazing Race" will go to helping underprivileged sixth graders at the school.

"The revenue earned will be very helpful, providing opportunities for the children that they wouldn't always have otherwise," said freshman Supply Chain & Operations Management major Mickey Whitford, who is the head of the registration committee for the event. "We wish to provide the same academic opportunities to these children as we are given. Money should not stop dreams or opportunities."

"Over the years, we have developed meaningful relationships with these amazing students," says the race's website. "Our mission is to provide these students with the motivation to work hard in school while also providing them opportunities, materials, and guidance to further enhance their education."

The Amazing Race, which is the pledge project for this semester for AKPsi, has been mostly organized by new prospective members of the fraternity as a way to demonstrate their passion for the organization and for community outreach.

"It's a way for these students to get hands on experience right when they join AKPsi," said senior finance/accountancy major Shruti Nanda, the organization's president. "It's a very difficult thing to pull off, and they only had about a month to plan and execute the event. If all goes well, it should bring this pledge class a lot closer together while generating revenue to be given to Winton Hills Academy."

This race is modeled after the television phenomenon it's named for. The race takes place completely on campus, starting at the Seal. The participants register in teams of four and will be directed toward five different locations on campus, where various simple activities will be set up that must be completed in order to move on to the next location.

The race costs $10 per person and $40 per four-person team to register, and it is open to all who want to have fun. If you support the cause but don't want to participate in the race, AKPsi is taking donations on the event website at http://www.akpsiamazingrace.com/donations.html. You can also follow them on Twitter: @AKP_AmazingRace.