Photos: Sigma Chi’s Annual Derby Days Week Ends With Powderpuff Games

Three Kappa Delta (KD) sisters attempt to stop an Alpha Chi Omega (AXO) sister from gaining more yards during the powderpuff game on Sunday. By pulling the flag off of the other player, the defense had the opportunity to get the ball back in their possession (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).

On Sunday, Sigma Chi Fraternity hosted a powderpuff tournament as the final event of their annual Derby Days week. According to the Sigma Chi Instagram, the games were set up as a seven-on-seven flag football tournament, each game lasting 10 minutes. Each participating sorority played at least two games with the winner advancing across the bracket. 

During the week preceding the games, sororities could win points by participating in the themed Derby Day events.

 “Quest for the Derby” was a week-long event where each house competed to find a hidden Derby Days hat and purchase a drink from Sigma Chi’s sponsor, Superior Nutrition. Tuesday’s Derby Day theme was “Steal the Hat,” where sorority members had to find a Sigma Chi brother with a hat and take a photo. Wednesday’s theme was “Call-a-Thon,” where each house had two hours to call and get as many donations as possible. Thursday’s theme was Sign-A-Sig, the goal being to get the most signatures as a chapter on a Sigma Chi shirt as possible to win. On Saturday, Sigma Chi hosted a cornhole tournament where sororities could earn points for every team from their house.

Sigma Chi brother and Fowlerville sophomore James Buurma organized the Derby Days events. He said the week-long event is a part of raising money for the fraternity’s philanthropy, the Huntsman’s Cancer Foundation.

“Sigma Chi Nationals donates to the Huntsman’s Cancer Foundation in Utah which helps with cancer research, and they have a few hospitals across the country,” Buurma said. “The powderpuff game is the cherry on top of the week of Derby Days as the house’s last opportunity to score points.”

Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD) sisters yell and cheer on the sideline as their house plays. The cheers heard from AXiD were words of encouragement to their fellow sisters on the field playing defense (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
KD sister Parker Douglass and Fowlerville junior runs down the field with the ball. Running the ball allowed the team to gain a few yards and have another chance at scoring a touchdown (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
Delta Gamma (DG) sister Allie Trantham and Delton first-year, runs down the field to catch the ball thrown by her teammate (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
AXO sister and Parma junior Jaymee Herrington runs the ball down the field while being chased by Douglass. Avoiding getting her flag stolen by the opposing team kept the play going, allowing for more opportunities to gain yards or score (Photos by Lizzy Kelley).
AXiD sister runs away from a DG sister trying to pull a flag off of her belt (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
Brothers of Sigma Chi, who coached the sorority, stand with AXO sisters after they won the final powderpuff game. Winning this final game gave the sisters of AXO a gold trophy, helmet and bragging rights (Photo illustration by Jake Ellsworth).
About Lizzy Kelley 12 Articles
Lizzy Kelley is a first-year from Brighton, Michigan. Lizzy coaches youth sports in her hometown. She can always be found at the Dow, or sleeping! Contact Lizzy via email at

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.