Until less than a decade ago, clubs kept Spring Sing prize money for themselves. But since 2006, Spring Sing groups have chosen charities to support as a way to give back to the community. Here’s a little information about each show’s chosen charity.
Special Olympics Arkansas: Chi Kappa Rho, Omega Lambda Chi, Delta Chi Delta, Alpha Tau Epsilon and GATA.
Harding University hosts Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games, which provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities through Olympic events. Sophomore director Erin Hasler said the organization gives opportunities to those who do not always receive them.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Camp Sunshine: Ju Go Ju, Sigma Nu Epsilon and Ko Jo Kai.
Camp Sunshine is a four-day camp where kids who survived burn injuries can have fun without getting questions or comments on their appearance. Sophomore director Peyton Templeton is a burn survivor and served at Camp Sunshine as a counselor.
Ty2 Foundation: TNT and Zeta Rho.
Ty2 is a memorial for former Harding student Ty Osman II promoting organ donation. Osman was a registered organ donor, and, following his death, he donated his heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and eyes.
Osman was a part of the TNT and Zeta Rho show in 2012.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Knights.
The foundation funds research for finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, a disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. Knights chose the CF Foundation to support senior Taylor Lively, a member of Knights who is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Searcy Children’s Home: Chi Sigma Alpha, Regina, OEGE and Sigma Phi Mu.
The home provides foster care, adoption services and maternity services. Junior director Amber Walker loves how the organization strives to help improve the lives of children.
Sunshine School: Delta Gamma Rho, Chi Omega Pi, Zeta Pi Zeta and Omega Phi.
The Sunshine School is nonprofit that helps students of all ages with developmental disabilities. Chi Omega Pi social club also helps the Sunshine School through Santa’s Helpers and Special Olympics.
CASA: Pi Theta Phi, Gamma Sigma Phi and Delta Nu.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children focuses on the safety of children. Sophomore director April Jones said it was an easy fit for them to choose CASA because the organization works with children and the theme of the show, “Freckles and Fur,” is about children.
Susan G. Komen Arkansas: Iota Chi, Phi Kappa Delta and Shantih.
Susan G. Komen Arkansas helps women who are battling breast cancer.
Sophomore director Meredith Sanders said breast cancer hits home to Iota Chi because members’ moms are battling breast cancer.