**This past saturday Indiana University’s Pi Beta Phi presented its first annual Angels in the Outfield fall philanthropy. ** They paired up with Delta Tau Delta Fraternity to put on a wiffle ball tournament to raise funds and awareness in support of cystic fibrosis. 34 teams from 16 different chapters came to the fields to compete with members of Pi Phi coaching them to victory.
In addition to recruiting teams, Pi Phis also sold apparel the weeks leading up to the event. Each girl was responsible for selling at least 10 Angels in the Outfield tank tops. The wiffle ball fields were flooded with fraternity members sporting these tanks Saturday afternoon and even some Pi Phis decided to pair them with flannels and whistles as their coaching uniforms. Overall, however, most girls sported the custom-made Angels in the Outfield baseball tees, converse, aviators and of course coaching props such as whistles and megaphones.
There were more than just games taking place at the fields. A photo booth was also set up with fun props for keepsake pictures. Props included pieces with insignia in support of cystic fibrosis featuring star signs that showcased loved ones who were affected by the disease.
Other promotional mini-events, such as free lemonade stands with cystic fibrosis fact sheets, took place the week leading up to Angels in the Outfield. At the check-in table, event goers had the option to purchase tickets that admitted them for other fun games as well such as Pie a Pi Phi and Dunk a Delt. Burgers and drinks were also sold and contributed to the carnival like atmosphere.
Angles in the Outfield was inspired by girls in our own chapter. Seniors made custom shirts that read “Batting with Bobs” in support of a member of their pledge class who lives with cystic fibrosis everyday. Sophomores had hats made and ironed the letters JEB on their shirts in support of a member of their pledge class who recently lost a parent to the disease. It was special for our chapter as a whole to be able to raise funds and awareness for something that hits so close to home.