About Charity Bowl
Sigma Nu Charity Bowl was founded in 1990 to honor Chucky Mullins, former Ole Miss Football player who was tragically paralyzed the previous season. Mullins was injured in the 1989 Homecoming game vs. the Vanderbilt Commodores on a play in which he dove head first into fullback Brad Gaines, immediately shattering vertebrae in his cervical spine.
This year, chapter members of Sigma Nu suit up to play another fraternity chapter in the 28th annual Charity Bowl football game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which will be the first time the game has been played in the University’s stadium in over two years. The event also features a sorority cheer competition prior to kickoff in addition to a homecoming style court at halftime.
Funding is raised for Charity Bowl primarily through Charity Bowl program advertisement sales and financial donations. In the years since its inception, Charity Bowl has grown to be the largest collegiate greek philanthropy in the country. Through the hard work of the active members, as well as the generous donations of chapter alumni and various businesses from across the nation, Sigma Nu has been able to accumulate over $1.7 million for its recipients.
Every year, a victim of paralysis is chosen as the recipient to honor the memory of Chucky Mullins. This year our recipient is Chris Madison, a 26 year old young man who was paralyzed while riding passenger in a massive car accident. He now lives by himself in Memphis, TN, and has no way to access transportation, cutting him off from the outside world. Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase Chris a handicapped accessible van that he will be able to take to rehab, and eventually to classes to continue his education.
In recent years, Sigma Nu has also donated money to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, MS and to different charitable organizations around the Oxford/Lafayette community.