NFL Star, Tampa Phi Beta Sigma Chapter Team Up For Flag football Fundraiser at USF
Pro football player George Selvie, who was a standout defensive end at the University of South Florida, returns to campus this week for the debut of a fundraiser supporting the Tampa Alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
The inaugural George Selvie Classic is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at USF Fowler Fields on campus, 4202 E. Fowler Ave.
The event is a flag football tournament, featuring an age 13 to 18 youth division and an 18 and older adult division. As of Friday, 16 teams were registered to participate.
Proceeds benefit the alumni chapter’s scholarship program and its youth auxiliary group, Sigma Beta Club.
Selvie, who plays defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, is a member of the Tampa Alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. The 24-year-old Pensacola native was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft.
“I’m thrilled to provide this fun and unique opportunity,” Selvie said in a news release. “Folks will enjoy a memorable experience while raising critical funds to serve children in our community.”
The Tampa Alumni chapter, in conjunction with The Crescent Foundation, will host the one-day event, which ends at 6 p.m.
The foundation raises money for scholarships and activities for the Sigma Beta Club.
The flag football tournament is being established as an annual event, said Philip Harris, who serves as president of The Crescent Foundation.
Its purpose will be to help draw attention to three alumni chapter initiatives: childhood obesity, the scholarship program and its annual college tour, Harris said.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, and games kick off at 9. Players can register online in advance for $20 per person at www.tampasigmas.com. The cost to play will be $30 per person the day of the tournament.
Teams registered for the tournament are required to have a minimum of 10 players and no more than 14. Individual players, also referred to as free agents, can sign up to be placed on a team.
Selvie will be available to sign autographs, Harris said.
Phi Beta Sigma, a national service organization, was formed in 1914 at Howard University and has chapters at USF and the University of Tampa.