Charity Bowl at Ole Miss
Want to see overweight, out of shape High School Heroes strap back on the pads? How about beautiful sorority girls competing for the cheerleading championship?
Every Spring the Sigma Nu Fraternity at Ole Miss holds their annual Charity Bowl. The Charity Bowl involves a football game and cheerleading competition involving two fraternities and all the sororities that are active at Ole Miss. Sigma Nu plays in this full pad football game held in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium every year against another fraternity. The opponent changes every year depending on which fraternity bids to give the most money which benefits the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF).
All proceeds from the game including price of admission, concessions, and t-shirt sales also benefit the CRPF. Eli Manning, a former Ole Miss quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, has made an appearance at the last four Charity Bowls and spoke on behalf of the fraternity at halftime.
Christopher Reeve made the trip to Oxford to accept the check on behalf of his foundation. The football game is played in full pads with referees on Ole Miss’ game field. Pads are borrowed from local high schools and some donated from Ole Miss’
football program and uniforms are bought by the fraternities.
At halftime, there is also a cheerleading competition between the different sororities which crowns one as the Charity Bowl Cheerleading Competition Champion. Both fraternities hold parties the Saturday night after the game which includes a live band at either their fraternity house or at a local bar. Approximately 5000-7000 people attend the game every year. Since Sigma Nu began this annual game at Ole Miss back in 2003, it has raised over $850,000 for the CRPF.