The UCF Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity hosted a celebrity basketball game on April 1 to wrap up its Kappa Week.
Kappa Week is a week the fraternity chooses to promote the organization, give back to the community, and raise money for their charities. This is different from Founders Week and Kappa Alpha Psi Peak Week.
To end Kappa Week at UCF Kappa Alpha Psi, the game took place in the Educational Complex and Gymnasium on campus from 7-9 p.m.
The two biggest celebrities who took part were Kervo Polo, a TikTok star with 7.7 million subscribers, and SmoothGio, a YouTube star with 2.54 million subscribers. Additionally, the celebrities also had UCF men’s basketball player Darin Green Jr.
About 300 people attended the event, which had a $10 entry fee that also offered attendees the chance to win a draw for a Supreme-branded skateboard during halftime.
Zamar Miller, senior corporate business major and brother of Kappa Alpha Psi, said a portion of the money raised will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Miller was the event planner and performed in the game.
“It was hard work to put everything in place. It wasn’t easy, but my team and I pulled it off regardless,” Miller said. “I am happy that we made this possible. It’s a new event.
“The school has never seen it, and we hope to do it again next year.”
Event host Fabian Rene, a UCF alumnus and brother of Kappa Alpha Psi, worked to keep the crowd engaged, while providing commentary on the game.
“All we’re trying to do is give positive energy not just to other students, but to the community itself,” Rene said. “We are lucky to be here and we appreciate the support we received today. So why not give back and continue to show others how it’s supposed to be done? »
The local team was made up of members of Kappa Alpha Psi, otherwise known as Nupes, UCF, and other Florida schools. The other team, known as the celebrities, were made up of people who had gained an audience through social media.
The match started well for the Nupes as they won the tipoff and scored the first points of the game. The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair with the two teams trading buckets, but the Nupes took a three-point lead going into the second quarter.
The second quarter was pretty much the same as both teams continued to be tied and no one was able to score. The quarter ended with a two-point lead over Nupe and 49-47 before halftime.
In the third quarter, things started to change with three straight Green Jr.’s. It sparked a 25-8 run for the Celebrities, giving them a seven-point lead going into fourth.
The celebrities continued their momentum in the fourth and blasted the Nupes off the pitch. The final score was 113-88 in a 25-point celebrity win.
After the game, the Nupes and celebrities stayed on the pitch to take photos and talk with the participants. One of the players who remained on the field was Rickie Mobley, a computer engineering major and brother of Kappa Alpha Psi.
“Overall it was a really good game for the Nupes,” Mobley said. “Even though we lost, I feel like it was a lot of fun. That’s the most important thing about it.