Originating at the University of Texas A&M in 1982 and becoming one of the largest student-led service projects in the nation, the Big Event has become a staple of Tigers Serve, Hampden-Sydney’s civic engagement program.
This year, nearly 200 students participated in 27 community service projects – two of which were on campus. Brothers of Chi Phi fraternity worked together to tidy the Wilson Trail while other students participated in a clean-up effort at the Tadpole Hole Disc Golf Course. Off the Hill, students participated in various community service projects that included yard work, highway trash pickup, debris removal, painting, organizing Habitat for Humanity ReStore materials, and Habitat for Humanity site work. To close out the weekend on Sunday, March 26, fraternity brothers from Pi Kappa Alpha made their way out to Cumberland High School to assist in the Special Olympics and cheer on the athletes.
Pi Kappa Alpha brother Noel Stock ‘24 reflected upon the day of service and the importance of leadership and servitude within the College, saying, “As Hampden-Sydney students, we strive to be leaders in and out of the classroom and serve others by placing them before ourselves. The Big Event is just one instance where we as students can serve those around us and demonstrate what it truly means to be men of character and citizens of service.”