Sig Ep hosts tournament for brother injured in crash

Sarah Stukenborg

Exactly one month from the day that a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity wrecked on his motorcycle, his brothers hosted a fundraiser for him.

Bowling Green junior Sam Kissinger, who crashed on Sept. 11, received reconstructive surgery on his jaw Tuesday. He is still recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Louisville sophomore Derek Higdon and a member of Sig Ep, said he came up with the idea to hold a cornhole tournament in order to help raise money for his fraternity brother.

“Numerous people signed up,” Higdon said. “The Greek community is really good about coming together for a good cause.”

Many sororities and fraternities participated, including a couple of non-Greek affiliated teams. Higdon said they had a great turnout.

“It’s good to see people forget rivalries and come together to help each other out,” Higdon said.

All the proceeds from the tournament will go to Kissinger and his family to help pay off medical bills. Sig Ep also received donations from Hilligans, Griffs Deli, Overtime Sports Bar and Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings and Mancino’s.

Bowling Green senior Taylor Shipley, also a Sig Ep, said the winner will receive custom-made cornhole boards.

“There are consolation prizes for everyone else,” Shipley said.

Each team paid $10 to participate or $15 if they signed up the day of. A total of almost $800 was raised.

Brentwood, Tenn., junior Laura Ellis, a member of Phi Mu sorority, explained how nice it was to see the amount of people that came out to try and help.

“I’m happy to come out here with my sorority sisters and support Sam,” Ellis said.

Evansville junior Chelsea Martin, a member of Sigma Kappa, also said she was enjoying herself.

“My favorite part was seeing everyone out here having fun for a great cause,” Martin said.

In the end, a Delta Tau Delta fraternity team won the male bracket and a Chi Omega sorority team won the female bracket.