chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), those little moments are found in the
smiling faces of children at the annual Mexico Underdawg Youth Basketball
Tournament in Mexico, Mo.
helping parents from the Mexico community host their fourth annual basketball
tournament to help parents of children in grades 3-6 work their tournament. Fijis
help referee games, run score boards, keep stats, work the front desk taking
money and registering the basketball teams, and play basketball with the kids.
Mexico, Mo.; Mitch Beck, Jefferson City, Mo.; Shawn Claypool, Jefferson City,
Mo.; T.J. Green, Brandon, Miss.; Calvin Hawkins, Wentzville, Mo.; Andrew
Housewright, St. Louis, Mo.; Derrick Hunolt, Hermann, Mo.; Corey Samples,
Sainte Genevieve, Mo.; Jake Shaw, Lebanon, Mo.; and Jon Williams, Windsor, Mo.
given the chance to sign up again, I made sure I was on the list because it’s
probably the most fun I’ve had doing community service,” said Hawkins.
service doing the project.
Smith of Mexico, Mo., an accountant and 2010 WWU graduate, asked his fraternity
brothers to help his mom, Liz Smith, organize the tournament.
a lot of community involvement, Jake Shaw, chapter president, said. “Each year we’ve gone back, though, there have
been more and more members of the community looking to get involved and help in
any way. The amount of teams that come to play every year increases too.”
have a fun time while doing it.”
expect, but I had a lot of fun doing it and can’t wait to do it next year,”
Barker said. “I’ve always wanted to be a referee so when I was asked to do it,
I was really excited. I live and breathe basketball so I was a great experience
Kappa Chi chapter.
us doing,” he said. “There are a lot of different community projects Fijis do,
and this is kind of our own little personal one.”
each year with the Mexico Underdawg Youth Basketball Tournament in Mexico, Mo.