Spirited Fraternity Wins Myers' Cup

Spirited Fraternity Wins Myers' Cup
Thomas Ryan carries the athletics banner during Matt's Run.
About 635 people participated in this year's race.

Displaying the most spirit and integrity, Sigma Phi Epsilon has been chosen to receive the inaugural Myers' Cup, a perpetual trophy awarded for the first time this year during the Matthew Myers Memorial 5K Run/Walk.

The trophy honors the student organization that showed the most spirit in support of the third annual Matt's Run, which was held Oct. 18 at Cal Poly Pomona.

A third-year participant, Sigma Phi Epsilon met all the judges' criteria, and members raised $450 for the scholarship fund. Nearly 40 members, more than half of the fraternity, participated in the event either as a race participant, volunteer or fundraiser.

More than 600 runners and walkers participated in the race, raising $37,000 to support scholarships for Cal Poly Pomona students. Matt's Run celebrates the memory of Matthew Myers, a former communication student who died in 2005. About 22 Greek houses also participated this year, raising $2,121. President Michael Ortiz and his wife, Betty, participated in the race and also pledged to match the proceeds from the participating Greek houses.

The cup will be presented to Sigma Phi Epsilon on Monday, Oct. 27 by Matt's parents, Kevin and Chris Myers. Fraternity members will also receive gift certificates to Chipotle and Golden Spoon, as well as a framed certificate of their award. The Myers' Cup will be on permanent display in the Bronco Student Center.

A slideshow of the 2008 Matt's Run by University Photographer Tom Zasadzinski is available online at https://polycentric.cpp.edu/campus_news/mattsrun08/.