Pike Lends a Helping Hand With The Miracle League of San Diego

Pike Lends a Helping Hand With The Miracle League of San Diego

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Bases Loaded, the score is tied; what a nail biter the game is… HOME RUN! The Miracle League of San Diego takes a victory lap for its incredible win! For those of you who are not familiar with Miracle League of San Diego, this magical place provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. There are quite a few locations to play baseball at, and there are two running seasons throughout the year – Spring and Fall. Both seasons accommodate kids who are age 5 and older, and once the season starts, they get matched with a buddy based on their own unique need. Each game lasts about an hour, and goes for two innings and every single player gets a chance to bat. At the end of the game, the score is sure to be tied, so that everyone has a fair chance of winning a game. What they do here at the Miracle League is something quite extraordinary.


Last Saturday, the brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha had the amazing opportunity to go and help out with all of these special kids for the day. They were actually the first fraternity to be able to sponsor a Miracle League team and what an honor it was to do so. Miracle league is able to be help out over 200,000 children in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and the gentlemen of Pike we so lucky to be able to help out and touch the lives of those kids. They had 72 brothers show up in full force to meet all of the parents and their kids on opening day, and cheer them on as they played their first and second games of the season. There were about 10-12 kids per team , and you could just see the happiness and cheerfulness behind each child's smile as Pike cheered them on during the games.


Everywhere you looked in the park, you could see the men of Pike hard at work from helping at the concession stands to fetching balls on the field, and passing out water and snacks to the parents and children. The team that Pike gets the opportunity to sponsor is called the Rays, and they will play almost every Saturday from now, until May. This was Pike's first year participating with Miracle League, and they are hoping to make it into an annual event.


Pike decided to get involved with this organization when they heard about how many people Miracle League helps out, and they absolutely fell in love with the concept of the organization, and they immediately wanted to help in any way they possibly could. The person who runs Miracle league is actually a former Kappa Delta that attended SDSU, so she was very enthused and excited when she heard that she would be working alongside her fellow Greeks, and that the Greek system actually does give back to the community whenever they can.


“It was a warming and wonderful experience. Seeing all of my brothers show their support and spending their time helping those less fortunate than them reminds me why I joined a fraternity, and it makes me proud to be in one" stated founding father and proud member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity – Eden Cooper

Everyone that went and helped out that day came out a changed person from when they walked onto the field, to when they walked off the field. If you want to come out and show your support and donate you time and efforts to making a difference in these kids' lives, you can come out to 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, in Del Mar, CA. You never really know how much you can touch the lives of another person, especially the life of a child.

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How to get under a volleyball player's skin in two seconds.
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I'm not sure why but volleyball players are a very particular group of people — we like what we like and we HATE what we don't, especially when it is volleyball-related. If you're a volleyball player, I'm sure you can relate to this list and if you're not a volleyball player, now you know exactly how you will be able to get under our skin.

1. Girls who wear spandex in public

Don’t get me wrong, we wear spandex for a living. We understand WHY people wear them to workout. But wearing them to the dining hall, class or anywhere that isn’t the gym… please don’t. Put on some shorts or leggings — PLEASE.

2. The “I’ll beat you in volleyball” line

For some odd reason when someone who likes you finds out that you play volleyball, they say this. I’m not sure why, but its really annoying that people think they’re better than you (a collegiate athlete) at the sport you’ve been playing your whole life.

3. When guys mention that they only come to your games because you wear spandex

You’re right, why would any appreciate our athletic ability when you can simply appreciate our butts.

4. Freshman who don’t think they have to do their Freshman duties

PSA: Every single school has freshman duties; YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY FRESHMAN WHO HAVE TO DO THEM. Everyone has done them when they were a freshman. Stop complaining, do your duties, and play volleyball because after your freshman season you’ll never have to do it again.

5. When people try to tell you that volleyball isn’t hard

Why don’t you jump for three hours straight and throw your body on the ground hundreds of times and tell me how easy it is.

6. The word "spike"

I honestly feel bad about hating this so much but nothing nothing NOTHING annoys us more than when someone uses the work "spike". For some reason this word went out of style a longgggg time ago and nobody got the memo except the people in the volleyball world. Instead of telling your friend that they had a good spike, tell them that they had a great "hit." HIT = SPIKE.

7. Balls that aren't perfectly blown up

Volleyball players are hands down the most high maintenance group of people when it comes to our sport. I will go through an entire ball cart to find the best ball possible... if the ball is flat, no matter what contact you make it is going to be bad. If the ball is too hard, no matter what contact you make it is going to be bad.

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what the Japanese did after they Lost The soccer game Means A Lot For People Like Me

What the Japanese did after their loss at the Fifa World Cup means a lot for people like me.

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The Fifa World Cup took the world by storm with a variety of unexpected twists and turns along the way for many of the matches. But one of the things that surprised me the most was the Japanese soccer team and how far they ended up going. My family and I along with all the other local Japanese people were supporting the entire time.

The last game they had against Belgium was extremely intense. I was watching with my Japanese co-workers while at work and we were cheering-- a lot. The Japanese soccer team was able to get two goals before the end of the first half and a lot of people were pretty optimistic about the outcome for the Japanese team. Then the second half started and the Belgians were pretty quick to catch up. We watched with a great deal of hope that the Japanese could pull it off until the end of the game, but the Belgians scored another goal in the last 20 seconds of the entire game.

Everyone was pretty devastated.

As I watched the Japanese soccer players fall to their knees crying and the coach unable to speak in an interview after the game, I only felt admiration and empathy for their hard-work and their loss. They gave it their all and they weren't able to win, but along with the Japanese spectators (who were shown to be very supportive to the team in interviews after the game), the players accepted their loss and many of them were optimistic for the future of the team. I was extremely proud to be a Japanese at that moment. But after the game was also a surprise.

After this game, American media and the rest of the world gathered attention to how the Japanese took to cleaning the entire stadium despite their loss. When I first saw the headline complimenting the team, and the picture of Japanese people cleaning the stadium, I was extremely proud. The Japanese have been doing this act for a while, but this year they received a great deal of attention for it. Many took videos and pictures after the game of Japanese picking up trash in the aisles of the stadium.

The Japanese keeping a public space clean is a natural kind of knack and I never questioned why or how: it just was. But many parts of the world looked at what the Japanese did, and are learning from what they did after the game, and a few are looking to implement that into their school system like in the Japanese school system. At that moment, I was extremely proud to be part Japanese.

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