March 21, 2012
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Sara Lynn McCall Graduate Assistant

Kappa Delta Sorority Hosts Annual Shamrock Flag-Football Tournamentfor the Prevention of Child Abuse

VALDOSTA -- VSU’s Kappa Delta Sorority will host its 18th annual Shamrock Project on March 24 - 25. This year’s Shamrock event is a flag-football tournament and will be held at the recreational fields on Sustella Avenue, directly behind Centennial Residency Hall. The registration fee is $125 per team, and each team must consist of at least seven members.

Eighty percent of the proceeds collected will remain in Valdosta, benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lowndes County. The remaining 20 percent will go to Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America), the sorority’s national philanthropy, for nationwide public awareness programs. They will join thousands of Kappa Deltas across the country in the fund-raiser to benefit local affiliates and chapters of PCA America.

“Our chapter is so excited to host our 18th annual flag football tournament,” said President Katy Holloway. “We are so proud of how this event continues to grow not only in popularity, but also in the amount of money raised for PCA.”

According to recent PCA America statistics, the number of children abused or neglected in the United States grew by 33 percent to reach a level of 3,244,000 in the last decade. Confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect was estimated at more than one million in 1999. Three children die each day from abuse or neglect in the US.

Founded in 1897, Kappa Delta Sorority began supporting PCA America in 1981 and began the nationwide Shamrock Event in 1983. More than $6 million has been raised through these events to benefit child abuse prevention efforts across the country.

For more information on how to get involved, visit Kappa Delta’s website at www.kappadeltavsu.com.