Greek week is quickly approaching, and your challenge of making it successful (and memorable) lies before you.
To keep your Greek Week ideas fresh, we’ve compiled a list of six ways to ensure your fraternity or sorority will go down in the campus history books.
To make Greek Week on your New Jersey college campus the best, first remember what’s most important: friendly competition, developing meaningful relationships, giving philanthropic gifts, and above all, celebrating Greek life!
Without further ado, here are a few ways to prepare and kick off your big week:
1. Greek Olympic Games
When it comes to athleticism, nobody does it better than the Greeks.
The possibilities here are endless, so use your imagination and make it happen.
To get you started, consider trying these:
- Mud volleyball
- Chariot races
- Dodgeball or kickball tournament
- “American [Greek] Ninja” style obstacle course
- Shopping cart or drink cooler derby races
2. Greek food cook-off
Nothing brings people together like food, so why not show off your prowess on the grill?
Switch it up from the usual burgers and brats with a Greek themed menu featuring some simple but delicious Mediterranean dishes.
Succulent lamb gyros and pitas are sure to keep people stuffing the donation jar (and their faces).
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Feta cheese turkey burgers
- Greek style hamburgers
- Pita pizza
- Souvlaki (Greek Shish Kabob)
3. Dance, song, and skit
Skits, dance offs, and singing competitions are Greek Week traditions.
But how do you keep your act fresher than the other chapters?
To find the most popular songs, try checking out the Billboard top hits list.
Or head over to Broadway and see what the latest musical is.
If nothing else, check out your favorite music video to learn some dance moves.
4. Charity and fundraising events
Philanthropy is an important tenant of Greek life, and your fundraising event should first and foremost be effective.
If it ends up being fun, too, great! But remember, the goal is to raise as many funds as possible.
Listed below are a few tried-and-true formats (and a couple others):
- Begin a crowdfunding campaign
- Using social media is a great way to expand the fundraiser’s reach.
- Host an alumni mixer
- They’ve been in your shoes before, so why not ask for donations from someone that understands?
- Sports tournament
- It could be a golf scramble or ultimate frisbee, but participants will gladly pay to play if it’s for a good cause.
- Pay to destroy a car
- College is stressful, and what better way to find relief (and promote your organization) by having people pay to beat up an old car with a bat?
5. Host a keynote speaker
Work with your college to bring in a keynote speaker to address various issues surrounding Greek life.
It doesn’t hurt to take a break from fun and expand your understanding of on-campus issues.
After the presentation, host a mixer and discuss the talking points while improving camaraderie within your group.
Do you have any great Greek Week ideas that we missed? We’d love to hear from you!
6. Host your very own “Live Game Show”
Have you ever considered hosting a real live game night with all the bells and whistles for Greek Week?
While it might take some effort and organization, themed game nights can be an excellent way to break the ice.
- Fraternity Feud
- Name an item not found in your fraternity or sorority house.
- Greek letter Word Play
- What_v_r th_ l_tt_r, Gr_ _ks do it b_tt_r. (Do you need to buy a vowel?)
- Jeopardy For Dummies
- Can you pledge that in the form of a question?
- Greek Themed Trivia
- Who was Achilles and why was he important?
There’s no right or wrong answer for these events, and they can be as inexpensive as they are fun with ItsPlayTyme.
We guarantee your students an excellent and memorable time year after year after year.