Alpha Sigma Alpha's national philanthropic project was declared Special Olympics in 1976, and in 1990, S. June Smith Center was selected as an additional project. In 2012, Alpha Sigma Alpha established Girls on the Run as their newest philanthropic project.

Special Olympics:

Special Olympics is a global nonprofit organization targeting the nearly 200 million people around the world who have intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1968 and has been constantly expanding since then, with a prescence in almost 200 countries worldwide.

S. June Smith Center:

S. June Smith Center is a private non-profit agency providing early identification, education, training and therapy to infants and children in Lancaster, PA with developmental disabilities and delays. It works within a child's natural environment to create patterns for lifelong  learning that will benefit the child, the family, and their community.

In addition to the main event fundraiser, the women of Beta Rho act as volunteers to a number of Special Olympics tournaments at various high school campuses in Illinois. They make treat bags and big poster signs, act as score-keepers and cheerleaders, and bring smiles and happiness to the athletes with hugs and high-fives.

Girls on the Run:

Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls 3rd through 8th grade. The program combines training for the GOTR 5K running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. Girls on the Run aims to empower girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices and embrace their gifts.



Beta Rho Chapter Support:

In the Spring semester of every academic year, the Beta Rho chapter hosts a dance competition on campus. The dance competition, known as "Do It To The Crowd," serves as a fundraiser for Alpha Sigma Alpha's philanthropies. All proceeds from the competition go directly to Special Olympics and S. June Smith Center. Many student organizations contribute to the dance competition by choreographing their own routines to perform on stage, and a number of local businesses sponsor the event, which continues to bring a great audience and fundraising success.

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