Supporting SC Camp for Children
On October 29, 2019, several members of Rho Chapter at the University of South Carolina volunteered at Camp Cole’s second annual “Sprint to Shine” 5k trail run located at their new camp location. Members in the chapter helped set up, take down, and facilitate the race overall. There were over 100 runners at the event. All proceeds went to Camp Cole in building Columbia’s first over night camp and retreat center for children and adults with disabilities, illnesses, and other life challenges.
As the chapter’s official philanthropy, Camp Cole has a unique and special history with Rho Chapter. Camp Cole is an aspiring camp for children and adults facing illness, disability, and other physical and mental health challenges. The inspiration for the camp comes from Cole Sawyer who passed away from cancer in 2004. Father Scott C. Sawyer was a member of Rho Chapter ’84. Cole’s mother and wife of Scott, Stacy, was very involved in Camp Kemo, and served on the board as President. Stacy recently passed away in 2016, and inspired Rho chapter to donate to the Cole & Stacy Sawyer Memorial Foundation the previous two years with the Dancing With The KAs event. Over the past three years combined, Rho chapter has raised over $84,000 to the Foundation and Camp Cole.