After being mercilessly mocked for taking a string of selfies at a baseball game, Arizona State University’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority decided to use their newfound popularity for good.
Last week, two Major League Baseball announcers, Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly, asked fans to tweet photos of themselves during the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies game. They then focused on a group of sorority girls who were constantly taking selfies, and spent two minutes shaming them.
“Every girl in the picture is locked into her phone,” said one of the announcers. “Here’s my first bite of the churro. Here’s my second bite of the churro.” They asked if an intervention was necessary. After the incident went viral, Fox Sports and the Diamondbacks offered the sorority’s members free tickets to the next game.
— Steve Berthiaume (@BertDbacks) October 1, 2015
The women declined the tickets, and offered up a philanthropic idea as an alternative. “Instead of chapter members attending the game, we have asked the Diamondbacks and Fox Sports to provide tickets to a future game for families at A New Leaf, a local non-profit that helps support victims of domestic violence,” Alpha Chi Omega’s ASU chapter said in a statement.
They pointed out that October marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness month, and asked people to donate to a charity that provides housing, food and childcare to struggling Arizona families.
“If everyone who viewed this statement took the time to make a donation in recognition of domestic violence awareness, which is Alpha Chi Omega’s national philanthropy, we would be so grateful!” said the women in a statement. “We are happy to have the opportunity to shed some positive light on such a sensitive subject.”