For the fourth consecutive year, Kappa Alpha Order demonstrated how precious the life of a child is.
Hosting the annual Stomp The Plains step-dance competition, five teams of 20 put together a comedy routine that was intended to give everyone a good laugh for a good cause.
Sponsoring the Rally Foundation, a childhood research organization, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, KA has one goal they hold dear to their hearts: preserving the lives of innocent children with childhood cancer.
All night, there was an inconspicuous tension floating around the barn — subtle resistance to speak on why the event was held.
Hundreds surrounded the stage beforehand and listened to Auburn student and KA brother Jordan Muschamp speak on behalf of the Rally Foundation.
"Events like this really help the cause," Muschamp said. "They help fund better research to find better treatments to hopefully cure [childhood cancer] completely one day.”
Muschamp broke the silence about his personal fight with leukemia twice.
“We need more funds to support childhood cancer research. Only 4 percent of donated money to cancer research actually makes it to childhood cancer,” Muschamp said.
Started in 2005, the Rally Foundation has raised more than $11 million for childhood cancer.
“Raising money for these foundations is special to us,” KA President Jackson Fite said. “Our brother Jordan was diagnosed twice, so it’s special in our hearts because of what it's done for him.”
Sigma Nu, Phi Gamma Delta, Farmhouse, Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha Order participated in the step-dance competition, judged by three familiar faces.
Athletic director Jay Jacobs, Auburn defensive end Jeff Holland and SGA President Jacqueline Keck rated each group on a 1–10 scale based their performance.
Phi Gamma Delta was crowned the winner of the fourth annual Stomp The Plains in a tight contest.
At the end of the day, the message is clear as day, the hosts said — it goes deeper than a step-dance competition.
“Jordan made a full recovery, he’s actually back in school this year,” Fite said, “This event is to raise money for the ones who aren’t healthy or capable enough to.”