Purple Pride Cup Challenges Fraternities, Sororities

Sept. 12, 2013

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Which Kansas State fraternity or sorority has the most school spirit? The Purple Pride Cup is going to help find out. K-State Athletics is challenging the Kansas State Greek community to showcase its support for K-State teams and reward the fraternities and sororities that attend the most sporting events during the 2013-14 academic year. The percentage-based point system will be calculated from attendance at K-State's games and matches for football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and baseball.

The competition provides a great opportunity for Greek houses to gain exposure and display their K-State pride. Prizes will be earned by the winning houses, with the ultimate honor being an on-field Purple Pride Cup trophy presentation at the first K-State football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in 2014.

To earn points, students are required to swipe their ID cards or athletic passes at the door of each event. A list of attendees will be compiled after each event and the attendance for the groups will be recorded. Points are calculated based on percentages and each event for every sport has the same weight. For example, if 86 of the 110 people (78.2%) from a sorority show up to a volleyball match, that sorority will earn 78 points for that one event.

Opportunities to earn bonus points will be held during the competition and houses will be notified in advance. One such opportunity will take place halfway through the men's basketball season. The leaders from each division at that point in time will be announced at a select game and members from the division leaders will take part in a halftime competition to earn more points.

At the end of May 2014, points will be tallied and the winning organizations will be announced on the K-State social media profiles. A winner will be named in each of the Fraternity and Sorority divisions as well as an overall winner of the competition will be named the Purple Pride Cup winner. The overall winner will have up to 50 members from its organization on the field during the award ceremony. There will also be an MVP selected - the individual who earns the most points for his or her team - from each division winner and he or she will receive a free athletic pass for 2014-15.

For more information, please contact Jake Wittkop of K-State Athletics' Fan Experience and Sales department at (785) 532-7707 or jake44@k-state.edu.