By Yvette Casass
Big things were happening last week for Alpha Xi Delta as the chapter hosted its inaugural AmaXIng Challenge in honor and support of autism.
Other members of the greek community particpated in the festivities to support the budding chapter in such an important week.
Kelly McInnis, a fourth year aerospace engineering major said she was excited to be a part of such a significant event for her sorority.
“I’m super excited about all the organizations who have members participating because it is a lot higher of a participation rate than we anticipated,” McInnis said.
“It’s making my sisters and I super happy that we’re doing so well this week.”
The chapter’s pop-up philanthropy booth could be spotted Monday through Thursday right across from the library filled with enthusiastic members ready to inform fellow students on their nationally recognized philanthropy connection to Autism Speaks.
Since this was the inaugural AmaXIng Challenge for the Cal Poly Pomona chapter, the members were excited to share their love and knowledge for the philantrhopy.
The chapter had a variety of events planned for their week including a penny war, flag football tournament and a puzzle piece campaign.
Puzzle pieces were printed on slips of paper and could be purchased for $1 each in support of the cause.
Members of the other participating organizations had the option to purchase the pieces in order to earn points for their respective teams in anticipation of winning the spirit-filled week.
For fourth year marketing major Chelsea Carson, the “football frenzy” tournament was one she was greatly looking forward to.
“It was super fun, all the guys got to compete against each other and so did the girls,” Carson said.
“Whoever got the most points would win the week so it was exciting to watch their positive and competetive attidudes during the games.”
While Alpha Xi Delta had a fun time fundraising for their philanthropy through the events, at the end of the day they were just happy to be able to advocate for their sorority’s partnership with Autism Speaks.
“It’s really cool because Alpha Xi Delta has raised $6.5 million dollars for Autism Speaks since our organization started the partnership in 2009,” Mcinnis said.
In their connection to Autism Speaks, Alpha Xi Delta is dedicated to “…promoting solutions across the spectrum, and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support”,” according to the Alpha Xi Delta official website.
The statistics in which people are affected with Autism are alarmingly high and exemplify why it is a developmental disorder people should be aware of.
With every 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, it is a disorder that Alpha Xi Delta is proud to help people come to terms with.
Autism was once a disorder than not many knew about or even accepted.
It is because of the awareness brought to light through supporting charities and partners such as AXiD, that people have become aware of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
TV shows such as the popular Netflix show “Atypical” have also shed light on the effect that autism can have on an individual’s life.
While autism is diagnosed early on in children, this does not mean it is uncommon in adults.
Autism may inhibit an individual’s ability to communicate and interact; a limitation that people may see as easily “curable.”
However, there isn’t an actual cure for autism but there is behavioral, educational and family therapies that may help reduce symptoms and support development and learning.
The funds raised from the week will be donated toward advancing research and increasing the understanding and acceptance of autism.
Members of the chapter already have future plans in mind and are excited for next year’s philanthropy week.
To learn more about the Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy visit alphaxidelta.org/about-our-partnership.
Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post
Members of Alpha Xi Delta and the greek community gathered at the booth to participate in the penny war
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