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The Women of Sigma Gamma Rho at Howard University Are All About Service


The women of Sigma Gamma Rho at Howard University are all about SERVICE!

The Alpha Phi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., was chartered on April 28, 1939 in Miner Hall at Howard University. Nine young women, under the direction of Soror Ruby G. Peake, accepted their calling, and created a legacy that has stood the test of time.


“The Oh So Fly, Alpha Phi Chapter encourages and promotes high scholastic attainment, develops leadership and individual talents, emphasizes the value of poise and dignity, and provides an atmosphere in which friendships and social contacts may be developed,” the chapter’s website states

Over the last year, the chapter has dedicated itself to focusing on concerns that impact society, educationally, civically, and economically.

They have raised funds for Lymphoma and Leukemia, fed people on thanksgiving, adopted a block in their community to keep clean, held sex and health education events, served veterans at the Fisher House, and pushed voter registration.

These women are following the dream of their beloved founders. It is all about “Greater Service, Greater Progress”!

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Sheryl Underwood is Opening Up Her Radio Show to Members of Black Fraternities and Sororities

Comic legend and former Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. just announced that she will be opening up the Sheryl Underwood Radio Show to chapters of Black fraternities and sororities who are interested in doing public service announcements to help the community.

The Sheryl Underwood Radio Show airs in 59 markets around the United States and reaches over 4.2 million people. We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Sheryl for opening up her platform to not only just members of her sorority but the entire Divine 9 community.

“Being on the public airwaves is a privilege, but with it comes a responsibility as servants to mankind. We all have to do our part,” Underwood stated.  “We know that there are a lot of great organizations working diligently to improve our communities and our world. We want to do our part to help them spread the word and share their message. Public broadcast media is one way that we can demonstrate our commitment and support of those “Doing Good In The Neighborhood.”

If your chapter has an issue that they are passionate about spreading awareness for the greater good of the public, we highly suggest that you take this into consideration. Having members of Black fraternities and sororities on air not only helps the people that these PSA’s are targeted at, but it also pushes, promotes and shines a light on the powerful culture of Black greekdom.

The PSAs need to be 30 or 60 seconds long and will air during the radio show across the country. According to the website, the PSAs must do the following:

  • Promote events and activities that have a local, state or national appeal
  • Promote or build brand awareness of a non-profit, governmental agency and/or civic organization or initiative

Public Service Announcements may be submitted as Pre-produced 30-60-second Spots or as Live Read Scripts for the SUR crew to read on air.

If you are an undergrad chapter and have any broadcast journalism or communications majors in your chapter, we highly suggest they submit a PSA for your chapter as a way to beef up their resume.

If you are interested in doing this, record a 30 or 60 second PSA and email the audio file to

Sheryl Underwood Radio, currently airs weekdays on:

KOSA Radio – Oakland CA
KEBN – Dallas TX
KMAZ-LPFM 102.5 – Houston TX
WHPR-FM 88.1 – Detroit MI
KMOJ-FM 89.9 – Minneapolis MN
WUJM-LPFM 99.1 – St. Peterburg FL
KTPG-LPFM 99.5 – St. Louis MO
WHPB-LPFM 98.5 – Orlando FL
KAZI 88.7 FM – Austin TX
WNSB 91.1 FM – Norfolk VA
WNAA 90.1 FM – Greensboro NC
WCLM 1450 AM – Richmond VA
WDAO 1210 AM – Dayton OH
WYGR 1530 AM – Grand Rapids MI
KMGG-LPFM 99.9 – Albuquerque NM
WWRN 1602 AM – Bethlehem PA
WBCT FM 90.9 – Columbia SC
KWCP-LPFM 98.9 – Little Rock AR
WMBT-LPFM 90.1 – Gainesville FL
WRWS-_LPFM 99.1 – Daytona Beach FL
WFHT-FM 107.5 – Lakeland FL
WFHT-AM 1390 – Lakeland FL
KYOM-LPFM 95.9 – Wichita KS
WEZO-AM 1230 – Augusta GA
WFQY-FM 99.1 – Jackson MS
KSSM-FM 103.1 – Killen-Temple TX
KISX-FM 107.3 – Tyler TX
WMEJ- AM 1190 – Gulfport MS
WGVV-LPFM 92.5 – Rock Island IL
WPNV-LPFM 106.3 – Peoria IL
WVAS-FM 90.7 – Montgomery AL
WRES-LPFM 100.7 – Asheville NC
103.7 Da Beat – Rockford IL
WDUP-LPFM 92.9 – New London CT
KBHT – LPFM 104.9 – Waco TX
KPPP-LPFM 88.1 – Fargo ND
WVAI-LPFM 101.3 – Charlottesville VA
KZWA-FM 104.9 – Lake Charles LA
KLEK-LPFM 102.5 Jonesboro AR
WXRJ-LPFM 94.9 – Bloomington IL
WUVS-LPFM 103.7 – Muskegon MI
KBOL-LPFM 100.1 – Waterloo IA
KOUS-LPFM 96.3 – Monroe LA
WASU-LPFM 92.7 – Albany GA
KTHN-LPFM 88.3 – Texarkana TX
KCGF-LPFM 100.5 – San Angelo TX
WMFA-AM 1400 – Raeford NC
WTSX-LPFM 104.9 – Kokomo IN
KOYO-LPFM 107.1 – Oroville CA
WOSB-LPFM 106.1 – Orangeburg SC
WQAT-LPFM 99.5 – Belton SC
WXRU-LPFM 107.9 – Piedmont SC
WVBH-LPFM 105.3 – Benton Harbor MI
WGNG-FM 106.3 – Greenwood MS
WPRL-FM 91.7 – Lorman MS
KJUK-LPFM 97.3 – Hooks TX
KBZE 105.9 FM – Berwick LA
KFRA 1390 AM – Franklin LA
WLBM-LPFM 105.7 – Danville IL
KCJM-LPFM 107.9 – Alexandria LA
KOCZ-LPFM 92.9 – Opelousas LA
KIEE 88.3 FM St. – Martinville LA
WGUP-LPFM 107.9 – Laplace LA
KSIP-FM 91.5 – Forrest City AR
KDIV-LPFM 98.7 – Bentonville AR
KHEE-LPFM 96.5 – Magee AR
WBFZ-FM 105.3 – Selma AL
WRML-LPFM 107.9 – Mays Landing NJ
WVIE-FM 107.3 – St. Croix VI
WVSD – 91.7 FM – Itta Bena, MS
WTBS-LPFM 87.7 – Atlanta, GA
KYLW-AM 1450 – Superior, MT
KMSO – 104.1 FM – Superior, MT
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Please share this with as many greeks as possible, these kind of opportunities don’t come around that often.

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These AKAs Celebrated Their 25th Line Anniversary in Costa Rica and Gave Back To The Community at the Same Time

International line and chapter trips are becoming a big trend in Black greekdom but these women of Alpha Kappa Alpha are doing something that a lot of other trips are missing — community service.

The ladies of who were initiated through Gamma Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Tuskegee University in the Spring of 1992 recently celebrated their 25th AKAversary in Costa Rica.

Twenty-two of their 34 line sisters were able to make the trip and while they got to experience the Pura Vida and do an AMAZING line photoshoot, they also kept up their sorority’s mission and gave back to the community where they were having fun.

The ladies showed up at a local library and dropped off school supplies and books for kids.

“We always take time to celebrate each other and do our part to improve the community where celebrate,” LaTarsha Mills-McKie told Watch The Yard.

This may be a small act but it means a lot and is something that every Black fraternity and sorority line, chapter or group of brothers/sisters should do when they travel or road trip — show up with something in hand to improve the community.

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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Named Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Named Presenting Sponsor of 2017 FINA World Junior Championships
The following is from a press release issued by the sorority.

 INDIANAPOLIS – With just under 100 days to go until the world’s top 18-and-under swimmers open competition in Indianapolis, USA Swimming is pleased to announce the event’s presenting sponsor and officially kick off ticket sales for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, presented by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Hosted by USA Swimming and United States Aquatic Sports, the event will be held at the iconic Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI from Aug. 23-28, and all-session, single-day and single-session tickets are on sale now at Single-session tickets start at $10 for children (12 and under) and $15 for adults.

Longtime USA Swimming partner Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will serve as the presenting sponsor of the event, which will feature an early look at young athletes who will vie for positions on their respective nations’ Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 rosters.

“We are honored to welcome Sigma Gamma Rho on board as the presenting sponsor of this prestigious event,” said Mike Unger, USA Swimming’s Interim CEO. “USA Swimming is excited about expanding our Swim 1922 partnership with the Sorority through this event, and its commitment will help ensure a world-class competition in Indianapolis. Our organizing committee is hard at work putting together what will be a spectacular week for athletes and spectators.”

Swim 1922 is the partnership between USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. created to increase participation in the sport and minimize drowning rates within the African-American community by engaging local communities with swimming programming. Founded in 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Sigma Gamma Rho is an African-American Sorority whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for women and their families globally through community service, civil, and social action. Last year, they hosted 100 swimming events nationwide, logged in over 1,000 hours of community service hours related to swimming, with 2,500 swim lessons completed and 500,000 laps swam.

“We are honored to expand our five-year partnership with USA Swimming to include the exclusive sponsorship of the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. As the only non-profit sorority involved in this world-class event, we look forward to helping USA Swimming and FINA bring attention to the benefits of swimming to increase participation and to decrease drowning rates around the world,” said Deborah Catchings-Smith, international president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

Open to female athletes aged 14-17 and male competitors aged 15-18, the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, presented by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will be the sixth edition of the prestigious competition which was first held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro and hosted in 2015 in Singapore. Nearly 1,000 athletes from more than 100 countries are expected to compete in the six-day meet. Past competitors at the FINA World Junior Championships include Team USA Olympic medalists Ryan Murphy, Simone Manuel, Chase Kalisz, Josh Prenot and Kathleen Baker.

The United States entries will be selected based on the results of the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, also slated for the Indiana University Natatorium from June 27-July 1. In 2017, 18 Americans have posted 26 world top-10 swims among 18-and-under athletes.

The historic Indiana University Natatorium has been host to some of the biggest swimming competitions contested, including U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Phillips 66 National Championships, Duel in the Pool, arena Pro Swim Series, NCAA Championships and the annual Indiana State High School Association Championships.

The last time the United States hosted a FINA World Championships competition was also in Indianapolis with the 2004 World Championships (25m) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

About FINA
The Fédération Internationale de Natation, founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. FINA’s five discipline Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming – are all included in the Olympic programme. High Diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA counts 207 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit

About Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.


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