February 4, 2010: Youngstown, Ohio—Gamma Pi chapter at Youngstown and Epsilon chapter at Mount Union recently volunteered at the sixth annual Game of Hope Charity Basketball Classic, which raised more than $8,000 for chronically ill children in Mahoning Valley. The game featured two teams of local celebrities, including politicians, corporate executives and even a former NFL player.

Throughout the event’s six years, the chapters have helped the Hope Foundation raise nearly $40,000 for organizations that benefit children with chronic illnesses, including the Hole in the Wall Camps. This year’s game was taped and will be broadcasted on TV in the next couple weeks, which helps the Foundation raise additional funds after the fact. Viewers can also buy the telecast on DVD once postproduction is completed.

About 750 people attended the game. Felix Wright, a former Cleveland Browns strong safety in the late ’80s, played for the second consecutive year.

“It’s for a great cause,” he told vindy.com, a Mahoning Valley news source.

Gamma Pi Chapter Advisor and Game of Hope Founder and Director Tony Spano, Youngstown ’99, is proud of Phi Kappa Tau’s presence at the event.

“It means a lot to me when I can get a variety of chapters, actives and alumni to help out as volunteers at such a worthwhile cause,” Spano said. “It shows that Phi Kappa Tau cares about service.”

To learn more about the Game of Hope or watch clips of the event, visit http://hopemv.org/.