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“Phi Cup” Hockey Tournament Raises Funds for Two Charities

By Aaron D. Mihalik


The first annual Phi Cup Ice Hockey tournament ended Sunday night with the Zeta Psi fraternity edging out the Mechanical Engineering graduate students 3-2 for the top league championship.

Besides providing MIT with an excellent hockey tournament over the weekend, the event raised over $1,000 for national charities.

Alpha Epsilon Phi organized the 16-team Phi Cup tournament instead of holding the “AEPhi Live” charity event.

“Every year we like to do a big philanthropy event; this year we felt like doing something different,” said Stephanie L. Berger ’03, a tournament organizer. “We used to have a talent show, but that wasn’t as profitable.”

The tournament raised money from the teams’ entry fees, snacks, raffles and T-shirt sales. Each 10-member team paid an entry fee of $80.

“We are hoping this will be an annual event that gets bigger every year, and I think this will be a very good foundation year,” said Berger. “We had a lot of interest from the players, but in future years we hope to get a lot more spectators.”

The tournament raised money for two national charities: the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Chaim Sheba Medical Center.

Tournament ends in close match

The Mechanical Engineering graduate students led for most of the championship match. At the end of the first period, they were up 1-0.

Zeta Psi tied the match up in the middle of the second period, but a slap shot by the MechE’s gave them the lead at the end of the second period. Zeta Psi came back strong in the beginning of the third and scored two goals. Zeta Psi went on to win by a score of 3-2.

“In the finals, there was good competition in both divisions,” said Zeta Psi team member Jeffrey C. Mellen ’03. “When you do it for charity it makes it that much better. Besides being fun, it was for a good cause.”

“It was a pretty intense game because both teams were really good,” said Zeta Psi captain Richard M. Hanna ’01. “I think [Phi Cup] was a great idea. There are a lot of people looking to play hockey.”