To strengthen the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity and the impact it has on the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease through the fundraising and athletic efforts of its members.
Through the Iron Phi program, we are attempting to:
- Strengthen the partnership between Phi Delta Theta and The ALS Association
- Raise money and support for The ALS Association to support ALS research
- Raise money and support for the Phi Delta Theta Foundation to support educational programming within Phi Delta Theta
- Provide members of Phi Delta Theta with the opportunity to achieve personal athletic goals
- Facilitate brotherhood, accomplishment, philanthropy, giving, wellness and an understanding of the life of Lou Gehrig
About Iron Phi
The concept of Iron Phi was developed as a way to strengthen both Phi Delta Theta and its impact on the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. The Fraternity has a philanthropic partnership with The ALS Association, a non-profit entity with the mission of bringing awareness to the disease and finding its cure. Through the fundraising efforts of members of Phi Delta Theta on the way to achieving personal athletic goals, the Fraternity is mobilizing its membership base to help The ALS Association and Phi Delta Theta Foundation achieve its missions.
To become an "Iron Phi", members of Phi Delta Theta (both undergraduates and alumni) must select an athletic endeavor of their choice (any type of athletic event is eligible), raise $1,000 through the Iron Phi website, and accomplish the athletic endeavor itself. It is our goal to have a select number of large-scale Iron Phi events each year across North America, but most individuals become Iron Phis through chapter or individual-led athletic endeavors in local communities.
Lou Gehrig was known as the "Iron Horse" during his baseball career because of his durability and perseverance. His prowess as a hitter, consecutive games-played record (2,130), and never-give-up attitude after being stricken with ALS inspired those around him. In the spirit of Brother Gehrig, the name Iron Phi was given to the initiative to encourage those involved to remembers Lou's approach to life when setting out to achieve something.
Begin Your Iron Phi Journey
- Register to become an Iron Phi
- Select an athletic event to participate in (already established organized athletic races) or create your own event
- Register for this athletic event if applicable
- Begin fundraising through your Iron Phi fundraising page. You must reach $1,000 to become an Iron Phi, but you do not have to raise $1,000 prior to your athletic event. Your fundraising page is live forever and you can complete your fundraising after your athletic event if need be.
- Train for your athletic event and complete it
- Thank your donors
What is Considered an Iron Phi Event?
Iron Phi events do not have to include running. All that we ask of your event is that it incorporates athletics or endurance in some way. We've seen many different types of events including:
- Endurance Events - See our partnership with Tough Mudder
- Running Events & Relays
- Cycling Events
- Swimming Events
- Distance Walks
- Walking Tours
- Golf - Certain # of Holes in One Day
Be creative, have fun, and select an event that you will enjoy completing.