On April 28, Kappa Alpha Theta—one of Colorado College’s three sororities—is hosting their annual event, Kicks for CASA: a campus-wide kickball tournament to support Theta’s primary service project, Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Established in 1977, CASA is a nonprofit organization working through volunteer advocacy to ensure that abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. Last year, over 250,000 children were helped by CASA services. While the organization is headquartered in Seattle, they have more than 1,000 state and local program offices across the country, including one in Colorado Springs.
CC has held Kicks for CASA every year since 2002, and all of the money raised goes directly to supporting CASA’s local office. Last year, Theta donated $8,000 to CASA through student participation in the event as well as generous donations from Theta alumni and other community members.
“All Theta nationally donates to CASA,” explained Stokes Kandzari ‘21, the sorority’s current service of philanthropy director. “Theta foundations all go to CASA so other schools have kickball tournaments too, which is really cool to think about—being part of something bigger.”
The event will take place on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Donald E. Autrey (Yampa) field, Armstrong Quad, and North Palmer Quad (Tutt Science circle). Students interested in participating must sign up with a team of 8–15 students by Friday afternoon. The $10 registration fee can be paid in cash or by using Gold Card Plus. Theta will be tabling from noon to 1 p.m. to accept final registrations.
Last year, around 15 teams participated in Kicks for CASA, and Kandzari hopes to beat last year’s turnout, encouraging everyone to sign up and support CASA’s work.
“It just goes to such a great cause,” Kandzari said. “I can’t find a reason to pass up on it … and it’s just a really great activity to get everyone out and enjoy being outside and come together as a community to a good cause.”
While kickball is the event’s main draw, Theta has planned a day they hope will attract all students, with the inclusion of music, food, and drinks throughout the afternoon.
When asked why students should come to the event, Kandzari smiled and said, “It’s just fun music playing, grilling out, sunny day on Yampa, why would you not want to be there?”