We enjoy life by the help and society of others
To a Phi Delt, community service and philanthropy are essential pieces of living up to the ideals of the Fraternity. Here at Louisville, Phi Delts can be found helping with a Habitat for Humanity build, serving in a soup kitchen, or playing basketball with kids.
We do it for Brother Lou
Phi Delta Theta has a unique partnership with The ALS Association in honor of Phi Delta Theta member and baseball great, Lou Gehrig, who passed away from ALS, now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
Polar Plunge Challenge
The Kentucky Iota chapter holds an annual Polar Plunge in the fall. In this event, the Brothers along with other students at the University of Louisville jump into a freezing pool to help raise awareness, and raise money to donate to the local ALS chapter. Within only 2 few years of hosting this event, KY-Iota is happy to announce we have raised thousands of dollars to help families in Kentucky who have been affected by ALS.
The Lou Gehrig Award
Each year, the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity presents the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award to the Major League Baseball Player who best exemplifies the spirit and character of Brother Lou Gehrig, both on and off the field. This award is the first and only “officially” sanctioned Major League Baseball award given to ballplayers by a fraternity. Lou Gehrig was a distinguished member of Phi Delta Theta and a man of integrity. The award was created to acknowledge an individual player’s outstanding commitment to both his community and philanthropy. Since the award’s inception in 1955, the name of each recipient has been placed on the permanent Gehrig Award plaque, located at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Iron Phi – The Brotherhood of Athletes
Another way that Phi Delts show their dedication to the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease is through Iron Phi. Iron Phi was developed to strengthen both Phi Delta Theta and its impact on the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. Iron Phis must raise $1,000 through the Iron Phi fundraising website and achieve an athletic goal of choice. Dollars raised are split between The ALS Association for ALS research and the Phi Delta Theta Foundation for educational programming initiatives. Dollars raised by Canadian Phis are applied to the ALS Society of Canada and the Canadian Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Foundation. More than 1,500 Phis of all ages and athletic abilities have raised $500,000+ by doing everything from running and biking to swimming and walking in their pursuit to become Iron Phis.