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Mu Sigma Pi organization plans second annual Hoops for Hope event at Aurora University

Posted by on March 7, 2013

Mu Sigma Pi, a service learning club for pre-health professionals at Aurora University, will be hosting its second annual Hoops for Hope event on Thursday, March 14 at 11:15 a.m. in Thornton Gymnasium. The club, which works to promote physical, mental and spiritual health throughout the community, has invited the Hope D. Wall Rockets Special Olympics Basketball Team from the Hope D. Wall School in Aurora to participate in a game against its club team, which includes Mu Sigma Pi members and members of the AU faculty and staff.

“Mu Sigma Pi particularly interacts with senior citizens and individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities,” said John Lloyd, Faculty Advisor to Mu Sigma Pi and Professor of Biology. “This event will be beneficial to everyone; giving the Hope D. Wall Special Olympic athletes an opportunity to play on a university basketball court, and helping AU students obtain insight into the life of a special needs individual.”

In addition to the game, there will be a raffle for prizes and a half-time fundraiser, “Pie a Professor,” where AU students will have the opportunity to pie faculty and staff faces. The money raised will go to support future Mu Sigma Pi activities.

Mu Sigma Pi stays active, giving back to the campus and surrounding communities throughout the year. In February, the club helped implement the annual AU blood drive, organized a Valentine’s Day celebration for patients at the Provena McAuley Manor and volunteered as judges at the Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School science fair. And they have no plans to stop after their March 14 basketball game. Later this month, the Mu Sigma Pi members also will assist with the AU Athletic Training Organization 5K Walk/Run at Oakhurst Forest Preserve on March 24 and volunteer at the annual Lions Club Easter Pancake Breakfast at Luigi’s Pizza on March 30.

The club is dedicated to developing students into responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to serving others. In addition to benefiting the community with their service, the club members also gain valuable experience from their activities. The club is open to all AU pre-health professional students whom wish to become a health care provider. For more information, email John Lloyd at or visit

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