Troy University fraternity brothers hit the trail for Camp ASCAA

Posted: Monday, 14 February 2011

TROY—Five Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity brothers at Troy University will ‘walk hard’ to raise money and awareness for a camp for special needs children and adults.

Walk Hard 2011” will take place March 4-9 and the students will backpack from Troy to Panama City, Fla. Along the way, the group will make stops and appearances at sponsor locations.

“Our first hike last year during spring break was just something we thought we could do but we ended up getting a lot of media coverage locally and nationally,” said Kyle Crabtree, one of the organizers of the event. “We realized that if we put more planning time into it, we could really turn it into something more meaningful for Camp ASCCA.”

This year the fraternity is contacting businesses and individuals along the route to sponsor the team, make a donation to the camp and provide a public relations outlet for the sponsors.

The process got under way last week, Crabtree said. In addition, a special website will help build support for the effort.

Camp ASSCA, operated by Easter Seal, is a state-of-the-art facility that accommodates for almost any disability so that special-needs people in Alabama can have a summer camp experience. It is located near Jackson’s Gap on Lake Martin.

Sponsorships for businesses range from $50 to $1,000 and up, and all donations are tax deductible, Crabtree said.

For information on sponsoring the Walk Hard 2011 team, contact Crabtree at 256-334-0340 or Austin Bivins at 334-354-8935.


Troy University Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers (from left) Kyle Crabtree, Jacob Lann and Austin Bivins take a break along Alabama Highway 167 last year enroute to Panama City during their first spring break hike to raise money for Camp ASCCA. (TROY photo)