Sorority seeks benefit basketball tournament entries

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
01/14/2014 08:28 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The Gamma Delta Pi sorority at the University of Oklahoma will host a basketball tournament Feb. 22-23 to benefit the sorority’s diabetes philanthropy. Gamma Delta Pi is the only Native American sorority at the university. COURTESY PHOTO
NORMAN, Okla. – The Gamma Delta Pi sorority at the University of Oklahoma will host a basketball tournament Feb. 22-23 to benefit the sorority’s diabetes philanthropy.

This will be the 11th year the Native American sorority has hosted the tournament, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 22 at the Huston Huffman Fitness Center’s south courts at 1401 Asp Ave. on the OU campus. Gamma Delta Pi also hosts an annual Zumbathon for the cause.

“Gamma Delta Pi works with two organizations primarily, 4 Healthy Kids and Project Power. We donate proceeds from the tournament to the two organizations. 4 Healthy Kids also has an annual track meet that we like to volunteer at,” Gamma Delta Pi Vice President Maddie Habeck said.

The sorority raised $2,000 with its 2013 basketball tournament.

Habeck said the sorority previously supported a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome organization. When that organization disbanded, she said the group began supporting diabetes prevention and awareness because of the disease’s growing prevalence in the Native community.

The tournament will accept as many 10-man roster basketball teams as possible. The entry fee is $275 per team and a $150 deposit is required by Feb. 14 to ensure a spot in the tournament. There is a $25 late fee for deposits received after that date. The deposit should be mailed to P.O. Box 2493, Norman, OK, 73070. The team’s name, roster and contact person with phone number and address should be included.

“We haven’t set a cap on the amount of teams, as that has not been a problem in the past,” Habeck said.

Entry to watch the tournament is $5 for the entire day, $8 for the weekend and $3 for children. Children under 3 may enter for free. Raffle items and concessions will be available during the tournament. No outside food or drinks will be allowed.

The sorority has also established a Facebook page for the tournament, which is titled “Gamma Delta Pi’s Annual Native Hoops Open Basketball Tournament.” For more information, call 918-698-1256.

Gamma Delta Pi is the only Native American sorority at the University of Oklahoma. It was founded in 2001. For more information, visit http://www.ou.edu/gammadeltapi/.

will-chavez@cherokee.org


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Norman, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – The Gamma Delta Pi sorority ᎾᎿ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏓᏳᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎵ ᏛᎾᎳᏍᎦᎸᎯ ᎧᎦᎵ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ sorority ᎧᎵᏎᏥ philanthropy.

ᎯᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏚᏏᏁ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ sorority ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎪᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏛᏓᎴᏅᎯ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᏌᎾᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎦᎵ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎾᎿ Huston Huffman Fitness ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᎦᎾᏮ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ 1401 Asp Ave. ᎤᏍᏆᎸᏗ OU campus, Gamma Delta Pi ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏁᎶ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒᎢ Zumbathon ᎯᎠ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ.

“Gamma Delta Pi ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᎢᎬᏱ, ᏅᎩ ᏯᏂ ᏙᎯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏎᎸᎯ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ. ᎣᏣᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏙᏢᏅ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᏅᎩ ᏯᏂ ᏙᎯ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏓᏕᏘᏴᎯᏒ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏑᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᎸᏬᏛ ᎢᎦᏓᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Gamma Delta Pi ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᎴᎲᏍᎩ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Maddie Habeck.

ᎾᏍᎩ sorority ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎢᏯᏕᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏍᏆᏟᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏛᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Habeck ᎤᏛᏅ sorority ᎾᏝᎬ ᎤᏂᏍᎶᎸᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᏥᏓᏂᏲᎱᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏍᏗᎢ Syndrome ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᎤᏂᏑᎵᎪᏣ, ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏓᏢ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎠᏲᎠᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎨᏯᏙᎲᏍᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎥᏳᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎦᏣᏄᎵ ᎧᏁᏉᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ.

ᎯᎠ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᏱᏕᎦᎾᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᏎ ᏍᎪᎯ--ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᏌᏊ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ. ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗᏃ ᎠᏴᏍᏙᏗ ᏔᎵᏧᏈ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏌᏊ ᎤᎾᏓᏈᎬ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏗᏠᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎧᎦᎵ ᏂᎦᏚᏏᏁ ᎡᏍᏗᏝᏊ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᏅᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏯᎥᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏣᏁᎶᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎯᏍᎩᏦᏁ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎣᏂᏱ ᏳᏩᏢᎾ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎᎸ ᎠᏢᏗᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᏗᏠᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏫᎦᏅᏗᎢ P. O. Box 2493, Norman, Ok, 73070.

ᎾᎿ ᏗᏣᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎢᏣᏓᏈᎬ ᏕᏣᏙᎥ, ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏂᎦᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᏁᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ.

“Ꮭ Ꮟ ᏱᏙᎪᏪᎵ ᎢᏯᏂ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏓᏈᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎡᏍᎦ ᎨᏐ ᏧᏩᎦᏔᏅᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Habeck.

ᎠᏴᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎯᏍᎦ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏧᎬᏩᎶᏗ ᎤᏙᏓᏆᏗ ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗ, ᏧᏁᎳᏕᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎦᏕᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ. ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏦᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎳᏗᏢ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏎᏊᎢ. ᎠᎴ raffle ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᎨᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ. Ꮭ ᏙᏯᏗᏢ ᏅᏛᎬᏫᏗ ᏱᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏗᏔᏍᏗ ᎠᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎦᎵᏦᏕᏗᏢ Ꮭ ᏳᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏓ.

ᎾᏍᎩ sorority ᎤᏃᏢᎾ Facebook page ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏥᏛᎾᎳᏍᎦᎸᎭ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ “Gamm Delta Pi’s Annual Native Hoops Open Basketball Tournament.” ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎱᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ, ᎯᎠ ᏎᏍᏗ 918-698-1256.

Gamma Delta Pi ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ sorority ᎾᎿ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. ᎤᏂᏩᏛᎲᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏓᏃᎯᏎᎯ ᎪᏪᎵ, visit http://www.ou.edu/gammadeltapi/.

About the Author
Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. 

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Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. For many years h ...

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