The culture of fraternities has a reputation for promoting binge drinking and illegal substance use among college students. All too often the media recount yet another episode at a fraternity tragically ending in serious injury or death. For members of the University of Florida’s Theta Chi Fraternity, one of these stories hit too close to home–a brother died in a substance use-related incident.
The tragic death led his fellow Theta Chi members to pledge to make a change. Toward this end, they recently hosted a community kickball tournament to raise funds for their goal of making a difference for individuals struggling with addiction. The event was a huge success, drawing more than 900 participants and raising awareness not only about issues of substance abuse, but also about the positive impact fraternities can have on their members, their universities, and the community at large.
On April 2, 2014, Theta Chi Brothers Nate Phillips, chairman of the Philanthropy Committee, and Jesse Sands, chapter president, both seniors at the University of Florida, presented a check for $4,500 on behalf of the Tau Chapter of Theta Chi to Phoenix House Florida’s Citra Residential Services. The generous contribution supports Phoenix House’s work saving lives from substance abuse. Theta Chi has also committed itself to providing ongoing support of substance use treatment through future fundraising activities.
Phoenix House Florida is grateful to the members of Theta Chi for responding to a tragedy with constructive action, honoring their brother’s memory with sensitivity, and making a positive difference in their community.
Phoenix House Florida provides substance use rehabilitation for adolescents at the Derek Jeter Center in Tampa and at Phoenix House Outpatient Services in Brandon. Adults also receive outpatient counseling at the Tampa and Brandon facilities. The Citra provides residential rehabilitation for adults whose substance abuse is advanced or complicated by mental health issues, with separate, gender-specific services for women at the Nancy C. and Raymond E. Murray Unit. Our newest program, offering Outpatient Services in Hyde Park, grew out of a collaboration with The Centre for Women, and helps adults and families build healthy, productive futures as they reclaim their lives from addiction.
If someone you care for is struggling with alcohol or drugs, please call 1 888 671 9392 today. Someone is standing by to help.