Aug 23, 2022

Going for the Gold: Lou’s Olympics Competition Leads to Record Results

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Going for the Gold: Lou’s Olympics Competition Leads to Record Results

Over $444,000 raised for the Iron Phi program

By Steve Good, Senior Vice President of Engagement and Philanthropy

This past February, the world tuned in to the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in Beijing to watch many of the world’s most extraordinary athletes strive for greatness. At the same time, Phi Delta Theta and the LiveLikeLou Foundation hosted Lou’s Olympics through the Iron Phi program, allowing participants to go for the gold as they raised money to leave ALS better than they found it.

Lou’s Olympics was a competition for Phi Delt undergraduate and alumni, current and aspiring Iron Phis, and even friends of Phis on campus. From February 4 to April 30, 2022, 545 Iron Phi participants raised $444,790 by going for the gold in over forty individual athletic competitions and ongoing chapter and province challenges.

Individual Fundraising Champion

Bob Sherwin (Cal State, Northridge): $25,601

Chapter Fundraising Champion

Ohio Epsilon (Akron): $30,354

Province Qualifiers

Chapters that raised over $4,444 and took first place during their province competition.

  • California Zeta (Cal State, Northridge): $25,601
  • Ohio Epsilon (Akron): $30,354
  • Florida Nu (Florida Atlantic): $30,000
  • Kansas Epsilon (Emporia State): $8,686
  • Washington Epsilon (Eastern Washington): $8,935
  • New Jersey Gamma (Seton Hall): $15,121
  • Kansas Delta (Wichita State): $8,936
  • Florida Iota (Central Florida): $14,406
  • Virginia Kappa (Radford): $5,255
  • Georgia Gamma (Mercer): $5,373
  • Kentucky Eta (Western Kentucky): $15,391
  • Colorado Gamma (Colorado State): $17,463
  • Maryland Beta (McDaniel): $4,444
  • New York Kappa (Hofstra): $4,753
  • Indiana Gamma (Butler): $11,341
  • Ohio Lambda (Kent State): $10,025
  • Texas Nu (Texas A&M): $13,971
  • Indiana Alpha (Indiana): $18,856
  • Texas Zeta (TCU): $10,356
  • Massachusettes Epsilon (Northeastern): $7,054
  • Ohio Alpha (Miami): $4,636
  • Indiana Theta (Purdue): $8,515
  • Utah Alpha (Utah): $6,230
  • Mississippi Alpha (Ole Miss): $8,024

Gold Medal Winners

Individuals Athletic Competitions


  • Mason Wahlers, RIT: 462 miles (total miles)
  • Gheorghe Ciobanu, Purdue: 30.2 miles (miles in a day)
  • Max Langmack, Wisconsin: 30:00 (4-mile run)
  • Austin Zody, Akron: 86 days (over 1 mile streak)
  • Kelly Derickson, GHQ (5k run + donation)
  • Porter Spell, Ole Miss (half marathon + donation)
  • Nick Bamont, Chapman (10-mile run + donation)
  • Cal Turner, Texas A&M: 5,000 (stairs in a day)


  • Shayne Erwin, Emporia State: 219.3 (total miles)
  • Shayne Erwin, Emporia State: 60 (most miles in a day)
  • Tyler Scott, Southwestern: 11,904 (highest elevation)
  • Hunter Nicodemus, Radford: 18.2 (longest ruck)


  • Tyler Scott, Southwestern: 42 (total miles)
  • Keshaun Patel, Southwestern: 16:34 (fastest mile)


  • Dexter Happ, Dalhousie: 526.59 (total miles)
  • Keshaun Patel, Southwestern: 11:20 (fastest 4-mile)
  • Bob Sherwin, CSUN: 73 (longest ride)


  • Nick Tully, Seton Hall: 128.5 (total miles)
  • Braeden Harlow, EWU: 40 (most miles in a day)


  • Will Kiecker, Indiana: 1,000 (goal shots in a day)

Weightlifting/ Bodyweight Exercises

  • Ben Liue, Carleton: 7:47 (fastest 444 barbell bench)
  • Jake McMullen, Seton Hall: 86 days (gym streak)
  • Austin Lauziere, UCF: 8:05 (longest plank)
  • Drew Totral, Mississippi State: 150 (push-ups in a row)
  • Fred Reimer, Gettysburg: 15,000 (total push-ups)
  • Julian Campofiori, Hofstra: 1,456 (total pull-ups)
  • Will Setterquiest, Colorado State: 1,001 (pull-ups in a day)
  • Andrew Ball, Southwestern: 1,490 (total squats)
  • Cam Koury, UCF: 4,444 (jump rope reps in a day)
  • Kosta Dimos, Akron (weightlifting comp. + donation)
  • Keshaun Patel, Southwestern: 31:38 (Murph workout)


  • Garrett Tobin, Mercer: 28 (free throws in a row)
  • Nick Russo, Seton Hall: 280 (total 3-pointers)
  • Nole Beran, Butler: 10,000 (total free throws)


  • Gary Wischkaemper, Texas A&M: 2,164 (hits in a day)


  • Luis Capobianco, Mercer: 448 (goal kicks in a day)
  • Benji Cruz, Butler: 162 (saved PKs in a day)


  • Mark Pleiss, W&J: 344 (total miles)


  • Cade Walker, Akron: 320 (frames in a day)


  • Owen Van Sickle, Northeastern: 112 (holes in a day)
  • Connor Daws, UBCO: 600 (range ball hit in a day)
  • Nick Heimann, EKU: 13:30 (longest round of golf)


  • Pierce Butler, Butler: 1,000 (most serves)


  • Jackob Vick, Mercer: 1,000 (shots on goal in a day)


  • Abram Bender, LA Tech (weight loss + donation)
  • Kunal Mehra, Texas A&M (no tobacco + donation)
  • George Anastos, Hofstra (8-second bull ride)
  • Cal Baumann, Akron, 493 laps (wheelchair push)

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