What do you get when you mix a 17-year-old philanthropic tradition, a Syracuse basketball fanatic and Will Ferrell?

Perhaps the event dubbed “Anchor Slam: The Legend of ROC Basketball,” an all new 3-on-3 basketball tournament organized by Delta Gamma under the guidance of the aforementioned ‘Cuse nut, junior Dana Sall.

And, as T-shirts and fliers alert students across campus, it’s kind of a big deal.

The event is a re-envisioning of DG’s traditional Anchor Splash, which has teams compete at various relays and spirit competitions in the pool.

When Sall became Anchor Splash chair last year, she saw her role as an opportunity to try something new.

She immediately came up with the idea of a basketball tournament.

Dana, a huge Syracuse fan, was inspired by the style of a basketball tournament. She looks at the tournament as great oppurtunity for the students to have a great time. The sisters of the chapter are also looking forward to doing something new and different.

One advantage of a basketball tournament is that it will allow more diverse participation than the pool competition had in the past.

Anchor Slam will be a 3-on-3 tournament which allow people, besides Greeks, to be involved.

DG sisters will take on different roles running the tournament as team coaches, timers, scorekeepers, announcers or referees.

The winning team will snap up bragging rights and a tasty prize package.

Sall also hopes that if enough teams register a cash prize may be offered, or donations from local businesses as well.

While DG anticipates the tournament will be a success, fans of the original Anchor Splash can keep an eye out for information in the spring, when the traditional event is likely to return.

Anchor Slam teams, which may have three to five members, can register this week through Friday at the Anchor Slam table in Wilson Commons from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The tournament will begin Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. in Zornow, and admission for spectators will be $3.

Admission tickets double as raffle tickets for a number of prizes also donated by local sponsors.

All the money raised will be split between the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina efforts and DG Foundation, which benefits the blind and visually impaired.

Wiener can be reached at rwiener@campustimes.org.



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