The mission of Derby Days is easily stated: to serve the community. Since the birth of our Fraternity, Sigma Chis have endeavored to give back to our world. Because Derby Days affords each chapter the unique opportunity to positively impact the community, it has been the most publicized and visible way for chapters to serve others.
The tradition of Sigma Chis Derby Days began in the spring of 1933 at the Alpha Beta chapter at the University of California-Berkeley, under the name “Channingway Derby.” During the 1960s, Derby began to take on the philanthropic approach for which it is now known on many campuses.
Today, Sigma Chi Derby events are held to assist a number of charitable causes. Our Derby Days consists of week long events consisting of a 5k Run/Walk, Powder-Puff Football Tournament, Scavenger Hunt, Concert, and Volleyball tournament; sororities compete with one another to become the Derby Days champion. Since Sigma Chi began raising money for charitable causes, the Fraternity has raised well over $2 million for the Jon Huntsman Cancer Institute and beginning this year 50% of money raised will go to the James Cancer Hospital here at Ohio State.