Greek life and athletes come together

Griffin Heckaman, the athletics liason for the interfraternity council at Ball State, said, “Greek life and athletics should support one another.” He spoke to sorority women about an opportunity for the two world’s to come together.

According to The Fraternity Advisor, nationally there are over 9 million Greek members. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, there are more than 460,000 college athletes.

Both activities can be found all across college campuses, and both are sometimes shown in a negative light.

Heckaman is working to bring the groups together in support of one another. To do this, Ball State will host a game centered around Greek life attendance on Tuesday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

Ana Maric, a member of the Greek community, voiced her excitement. “It’s always a good thing for groups to be brought together, especially two that are so prominent on campus,” she said.

The two activities are not as closely tied as they once were. According to the NFL’s census, there has been a decrease in players who are fraternity alumni. From 2003 to 2013, there was a 19 percent decline.

“The sorority with highest attendance will get money donated to their philanthropy by the athletic department. Athletics want to show support for Greek life and vice versa,” Heckaman said.

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