USF students take the stage to prevent child abuse

Members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity stormed the stage at the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center on Sunday evening dressed in matching white shirts, black ties and blackPANTS.

More than a dozen young men grooved to a thumping club beat as around 2,000 spectators cheered them on during the 25th annual Putting on the Hits fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse America, a non-profit organization.

Midway through a roughly five-minute dancing and lip-synching routine, one Kappa Sigma member marched to the front of the stage and executed a back flip. He landed in perfect position to do a push-up.

The crowd roared.

Attendance at the event grows every year, said Kira Chankersingh, a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority, which presented the event.

“The fraternities and sororities put together about a five-minute routine based on a theme they come up with,” she said. “It’s a lot of dancing and stunting. Some (teams) throw people in the air, others do back flips or cartwheels.”

The event included 13 teams, some with as few as nine members, others with up to 50.

Tickets were $10 at the door and people also made donations. Chankersingh said she hoped the event would raise $55,000.

Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America “works to promote the healthy development of children and prevent child abuse before it can occur in order to help children to grow up and contribute in their communities,” according to its website.

The organization helps nearly 100,000 families per year, the website said.