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HBCU ‘Frat Games’ Aim to Inspire Young Black Kids To Go to College

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Since Sunday, July 5, Inglewood Councilman Daniel Tabor has been hosting and partaking in the “Frat Games” where Historically Black fraternities play against each other in games of softball.

The objective of the games is to ignite a thirst for higher education among young Black children and encourage them to aspire for college degrees, according to the L.A. Times. All the while, engaging in some alumni reunion laced with competitive sport.

“Black fraternities and sororities were founded by Black college students who sought to give the black man or woman who were fortunate to be attending a college or university in the early 1900’s a place to belong and a support network based on the ideals of academic excellence and leadership and responsibility,” Tabor said.

Every Sunday since July 5, Tabor said thousands of spectators have come to watch the game, eat at the snack bar and take in some tunes from the live DJ. Alumni from all four fraternities Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Phi Beta Sigma, make up the teams.

The Councilman said the league has wavered from tradition, but dates back to the mid-70’s. This year’s championship will be held on August 23.

“I am an old hand, having first played in these games in 1975 to 1978. Now my six grandchildren come and watch grandpa hang with the 20- and 30-somethings,” Tabor said. “While my body seems to resent the physical play, my mind and spirit are energized by the bond of fraternity and the spirit of common experiences and goals shared by these college-educated black men and women.”

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