Following a tragic event for the fraternity, the members of Sigma Nu found a positive way to honor their fallen brother through their philanthropy.
Dingers for Demaske is a softball homerun derby dedicated to Jordan Demaske, who passed away in early September following his fight with cancer.
“He modeled what it is to be a perfect brother in all aspects of our founding characteristics of love, honor, and truth,” said Zach Patrick, the president of the Sigma Nu chapter at WVU. “He gave so much to us so this was the least we could do in his name.”
Due to Demaske’s love for sports, the fraternity chose softball as a way to remember his interests.
“We plan to honor Jordan in a few ways,” said Patrick, a junior international studies major. “We are fortunate enough to have his parents attend the event which will give the participants a chance to interact directly with the family and learn more through them. We also plan to gave some of our custom wristbands there that say ‘For Jordan.’”
“Jordan loved his family, friends and fraternity but most importantly he loved his school,” said Patrick. “He found something special in being under those stadium lights on Saturday nights that I’m sure every student here can relate to.”
“Also, on behalf of Sigma Nu, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us this past year. It is tough to lose a brother like Jordan but the true heart of this town was shown during that time and it means a lot to see all the support we’ve gotten since then.”
The winning team from the women’s bracket will be awarded four philanthropy themed shirts, while the men’s bracket will receive four Sunset Marina Boat Rental gift cards.
“Ideally we want awareness,” added Patrick. “Money is the last thing in our minds right now. When planning an event like this, benefiting a scholarship, the first goal is always monetary but it’s our greatest wish that the community will learn his story.”
The event will be held this Sunday, at 1 p.m. on April 30 at the Whiston Field in White Park and is open to the Morgantown community. All proceeds will be benefit the scholarship WVU Foundation Jordan Demaske Fund.