RIT's Phi Kappa Psi and Zeta Tau Alpha have hosted one of the biggest and messiest events of the year, Mud Tug, since 1996. Mud Tug is a tug of war tournament that takes place over giant pits of mud with the losing team being pulled into the mud. As a philanthropic event, the proceeds from registering all go to charity. In the past, over $10,000 has been raised for deserving organizations in the Rochester area.
After our chapter broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Game of Dodge Ball in 2011, we set out to break another record with Mud Tug. In 2012, a record of 1,574 people participated in the event giving us the largest tug of war game at the time.
One of RIT's newest events it Winter Warrior. Phi Kappa Psi teamed up with the brothers of Sigma Chi to create this 9-part obstacle course that tests the endurance, athleticism, and teamwork of the students of RIT. This event takes place during RIT's annual FreezeFest Weekend and benefits the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester.
Teams consist of two people and compete to see who completes the challenging course the fastest. Obstacles include a trench crawl, a hurdle jump, wind sprints, burpees, a snowball toss, a sled race, a farmer’s walk, a three-legged race, and concluding in the running of a Snow-K.
The Shore Foundation assists the 27.6 million Americans that don't have access to a home internet system. Access to information has become a critical component of human function in today’s society. This is why The Shore Foundation is motivated to make computers universally accessible to everyone regardless of their circumstances. As it progresses, it aspires to continuously deliver reliable machines with pre-installed software packages to equip recipients with the tools they need to achieve success in this rapidly advancing Information Age.
With the help of our donors, partners, and kind volunteers, the Shore Foundation recently achieved a Guinness World Record for the most computers donated in 24 hours at a single event by repairing and donating 500 computers to benefit the Greater Rochester Area. This record-breaking event was held at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2018 with countless hours of help and preparation from the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
The Shore Foundation was founded by brothers of Phi Kappa Psi. Active members volunteer for the foundation regularly throughout the year.
Phi Kappa Psi New York Theta has worked with many other organizations. Including; The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, Volunteers of America, St. Mark's and St. John's church, Aquinas Institute, The Salvation Army, Monroe Community Hospital, and many more!