Greeks are for Kids

Rutgers–Camden’s gymnasium was transformed into a carnival complete with rides, games, and other activities for “Greeks are for Kids,” a free event for children with special needs from throughout South Jersey.

The third annual event, organized by students in Rutgers–Camden’s Sigma Delta Tau and Delta Phi Epsilon sororities, took place in April in the Athletic and Fitness Center on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

“This event has given us a way to help children with special needs build fun childhood memories and bring smiles to their faces,” says Amanda O’Keefe, a Rutgers–Camden 2013 graduate.

O’Keefe, a member of Sigma Delta Tau, planned the first “Greeks are for Kids” event in 2011 because she wanted to provide her sister Paige, who has Turner syndrome, with an opportunity to experience things that children without disabilities are able to experience in an environment that can accommodate her needs.

“This event gives her and the other children that attend a chance to just be a kid for a day and experience a fun time,” O’Keefe says.

Michelle Hayes, a marketing major from Sicklerville and Sigma Delta Tau member, also has a personal connection to the event. Her brother has Asperger syndrome.

“This is something he can enjoy without having any limitations on what he can do,” Hayes says.

“Greeks are for Kids” is organized with the help of the National Panhellenic Conference, an umbrella organization for 26 international sororities.

“All the Greek organizations come together to make the event a success,” says Nicole Pelaschier, a 2013 graduate from Sicklerville who organized this year’s event. “It’s important for children with special needs because it gives them a day where they can just be a kid and enjoy the day and be themselves. Everything is worth it when the children have a great time and have smiles on their faces.”

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