Submitted By: Jack Worden, Grand Scribe – Beta-Psi Chapter, University of Washington
SEATTLE, December 5, 2018 — Each November around Thanksgiving, the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars battle in one of College Football’s most celebrated rivalries: the Apple Cup.
This year, the Apple Cup took place in a snowy Pullman, WA, home of the WSU Cougars. Sadly, the Husky Marching Band was unable to attend the game and support their team following a charter bus accident on ice-covered roads between Seattle and Pullman. In a show of great sportsmanship, the Cougar Marching Band learned and performed the Husky Fight Song in front of a packed Cougar Stadium, putting rivalry aside to show support. Out of a similar desire to help and support others, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity for 40 years has run the Apple Cup game ball across Washington State to raise money and awareness for a variety of philanthropic causes.
For 24 hours leading up to the 2018 game, Kappa Sigma Brothers from both universities (Beta-Psi Chapter at UW and Gamma-Mu Chapter at WSU) combined to run the game ball almost 300 miles, in an event they call the Apple Cup Run. Created in 1978, the Run has drawn awareness to the philanthropic organizations across the nation and has benefited thousands in need.
This year, the run started in Seattle, WA with Beta-Psi Chapter Brothers taking turns to run the ball about 150 miles east over the Snoqualmie Pass and into central Washington. There, they met the Gamma-Mu Chapter Brothers who completed the remainder of the run to Pullman, WA for gameday at Martin Stadium.
This 40th Annual Apple Cup Run, thanks to the hard work of Brothers from both chapters as well as their families, friends, colleagues, and sponsors, raised $13,000 in support of the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, a campaign committed to supporting ongoing care for our military veterans and their families.
Since 2007, the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign has raised over $1,300,000 to assist several causes including the SEAL Legacy Foundation, Veterans Moving Forward, Homes For Our Troops, and more.