The girls from Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Arizona State were the butt of some jokes this week when they were caught on television taking a series of selfies at a Diamondbacks game, but the girls are responding by showing that their hearts are as big as their love of self-shots.
The group was caught on camera during the Diamondbacks-Rockies game taking a series of selfies, having fun, making silly faces, eating hot dogs — basically everything other than watching the game. While the girls may not be terribly fond of watching two bottom-dwelling franchises duke it out in a meaningless September, the sports world was apparently appalled at their lack of interest.
The girls were featured on a Fox Sports broadcast, and their pictures sent all over the internet.
“Do you have to make faces when you take selfies?” one of the commentators joked.
Many others shared the group selfie pictures across Twitter, taking a chance to poke fun at the girls for caring more about social media than baseball.
— Steve Berthiaume (@BertDbacks) October 1, 2015
But the team seemed to have a good sense of humor, and the sorority girls did too. At the end of the game the Arizona Diamondbacks asked the girls to take a selfie with them, and afterward many of the students joked about the attention.
I’m on the Diamondbacks Twitter eatting a churro and taking a selfie at the game wow mom I made it — Katie Herbert (@katieherbertt) October 1, 2015
Afterward the Fox Sports team apparently tried to make amends for turning the selfies into a national joke, offering the sorority girls free tickets to the next game.
But the Alpha Chi Omega girls had an awesome idea instead — give the tickets to families affected by domestic violence.
The sorority wrote on Facebook:
“Alpha Chi Omega at Arizona State University would like to thank the Arizona Diamondbacks and Fox Sports for reaching out to the chapter after last night’s game and subsequent media frenzy. We appreciate their generous offer of tickets to tonight’s game. However, 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.”
“Today, October 1, marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 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! We are happy to have the opportunity to shed some positive light on such a sensitive subject. All proceeds will go directly to A New Leaf to help struggling Arizona families get back on their feet by providing housing, food, childcare and more. You can donate using the link below. We appreciate your support!”
The move got the sorority plenty of attention and praise for turning what could have been an embarrassing moment into a chance to help others.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 2, 2015
The offer fits well with the sorority’s history. Nationally, Alpha Chi Omega is known for its support of organizations that help victims of domestic violence, and it has been the sorority’s biggest philanthropic cause for the last 25 years or so. The Arizona State chapter also holds many other fundraisers to help groups like A New Leaf.
Apparently, the sorority girls found that taking selfies at the Arizona Diamondbacks game is another way to support their favorite cause.
[Image via Twititer/Arizona Diamondbacks]