Delta Upsilon fraternity members at Kansas University have signed up 37 teams to participate in the 11th Annual Greg Wilkerson Memorial Football Classic, a week-long benefit tournament scheduled to kick off on Sunday.
Organizers of the eight-on-eight flag football tournament hope to raise $17,500 for The Villages, Inc., a national non-profit organization based in Topeka that provides group homes and families for abused and neglected children.
The tournament, named for a fraternity member who died in a construction accident in 1983, will take place at the Youth Sports Complex near Clinton with the semifinals and finals in KU's Memorial Stadium.
Greg Stacey, assistant philanthropy chairman for the fraternity, said 32 of the teams this year are from KU fraternities and sororities, while the other five are independent teams.
Last year's football tournament featured 34 men's and women's teams, and raised $14,600 for The Villages.
The primary sponsor of the tournament is Koch Industries. Other major sponsors include the Lawrence Journal-World, Coors Light, Mr. Guy, Shirts Illustrated, The Sunflower Group and KLZR.
The Villages operates three group homes with 10 children each in Lawrence, five homes in Topeka and six homes in Indiana. Each one is managed by a paid live-in married couple, who become parents to the children and provide a caring family atmosphere.
The organization also offers a number of other services, including an adoption program, college internships for students majoring in a field related to human service work, and worships and training for youth care professionals across the country. The Villages was founded in Topeka in 1964 by Dr. Karl Menninger.
For more information about the tournament or to make a donation, call the DU chapter at 843-7370.