Chi Omega host annual Swishes for Wishes basketball tournament

Taylor Barnett

The Chi Omega sisters tipped off their annual Swishes for Wishes charity basketball tournament on March 12, as a part of their Wish Week festivities.

“We raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and we wanted to do something that could get everybody involved on campus who wanted to be a part of it,” said senior in nursing, and organizer of the event, Kimberly Sheehan.

This is the sixth year that Chi Omega members have put on Swishes for Wishes as a part of their events for Wish Week. Down from last year’s 200 participants, this year 125 participants divided into 40 teams.

“It has gone pretty good,” said Wynter Taylor, a senior in psychology, and participant in the tournament. “A lot of people came out to play and it’s always nice to raise money for the kids.”

The winning team, Thunder, takes a picture with all of the members of Chi Omega at the end of the Swishes 4 Wishes basketball tournament held in the Wellness Center, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The winning team, Thunder, takes a picture with all of the members of Chi Omega at the end of the Swishes 4 Wishes basketball tournament held in the Wellness Center, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson

This year’s event featured a DJ which elevated the event, but it still lacked the amount of school involvement that Chi Omega would like to see.

“It’s more fun this year especially with the DJ,” said Nicole Popp, a sophomore in dental hygiene, and second year member of the sorority. “But I think we need to advertise it more to the school, because we know and the players know but we want to get the school more involved.”

Make-A-Wish is a charity organization that raises money to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illness, and is the national philanthropy for the Chi Omega organization. According to Madison Knox, a freshman in education, and member of Chi Omega its something that MSU’s chapter cares deeply about.

“It’s what we feel passionate about,” said Knox. “People think about the negatives of sororities, and this shows we’re about community.”

According to Sheehan this year Chi Omega‘s goal is to raise $10,000 from their fundraisers and sponsorships, to grant the wish of a local child, which can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $10,000. So far the Chi Omega Sisters have raised more than their $10,000 goal, and are still receiving donations.

Swishes4Wishes 2016

Mike Lopez, sports and leisure sophomore, attempts to grab the ball from MamGoree Sock, mechanical engineering freshman, during a round in the Swishes4Wishes basketball tournament and fundraiser put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mike Lopez, sports and leisure sophomore, attempts to grab the ball from MamGoree Sock, mechanical engineering freshman, during a round in the Swishes4Wishes basketball tournament and fundraiser put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Diamond Williams, kinesiology sophomore, does a lay up, making the basket for his team, The Lightbulbs, in their game against Sigma Alpha Epsilon, during Swishes for Wishes, put on by Chi Omega March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Diamond Williams, kinesiology sophomore, does a lay up, making the basket for his team, The Lightbulbs, in their game against Sigma Alpha Epsilon, during Swishes for Wishes, put on by Chi Omega March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kriss La Touche, excercise physiology sophomore, dribbles around Michael Toliver, Rider high school student, driving the ball to the net, during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kriss La Touche, excercise physiology sophomore, dribbles around Michael Toliver, Rider high school student, driving the ball to the net, during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Zach Davis, junior, dribbles past Jamal Davis, sports and leisure sophomore, and passes the ball to his teammate to make sure the shot during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Zach Davis, junior, dribbles past Jamal Davis, sports and leisure sophomore, and passes the ball to his teammate to make sure the shot during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Zach Davis, junior, goes up for the shot against the E-Lemon-Ators and makes it during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Zach Davis, junior, goes up for the shot against the E-Lemon-Ators and makes it during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Diamond Williams, kinesiology sophomore, attempts to stop Jamal Davis, sports and leisure sophomore, dribbling the ball to the net and scoring during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Diamond Williams, kinesiology sophomore, attempts to stop Jamal Davis, sports and leisure sophomore, dribbling the ball to the net and scoring during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Carrington Manning, psychology junior, gets to the ball before Keon Duren, associates from Vernon, and picks it up to dribble it down the court during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Carrington Manning, psychology junior, gets to the ball before Keon Duren, associates from Vernon, and picks it up to dribble it down the court during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Keon Duren, associates from Vernon College, makes the shot even though an opposing playing attempts to block the shot during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Keon Duren, associates from Vernon College, makes the shot even though an opposing playing attempts to block the shot during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mike Lopez, sports and leisure sophomore, attempts to dribble the ball past Keon Duren, associates from Vernon, and make a basket during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mike Lopez, sports and leisure sophomore, attempts to dribble the ball past Keon Duren, associates from Vernon, and make a basket during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mike Lopez, sports and leisure sophomore, attempts to block Jay Gould, Vernon student, during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mike Lopez, sports and leisure sophomore, attempts to block Jay Gould, Vernon student, during the basketball tounament, Swishes 4 Wishes, put on by Chi Omega, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The winning team, Thunder, takes a picture with all of the members of Chi Omega at the end of the Swishes 4 Wishes basketball tournament held in the Wellness Center, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The winning team, Thunder, takes a picture with all of the members of Chi Omega at the end of the Swishes 4 Wishes basketball tournament held in the Wellness Center, March 12. Photo by Rachel Johnson