TKE remembers Petrillo with dodgeball

Nicole Celli

Tau Kappa Epsilon continued their tradition of hosting the Ricardo Petrillo Memorial Dodgeball Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, in memory of their fallen brother.

Ricardo “Rico” Petrillo was in his sophomore year at Quinnipiac when he died on Sept. 18, 2005.

“Dodgeball was his favorite rush event, so that’s why we chose it,” TKE President Matt Goddard said.

The tournament was held Monday in the Recreation Center, where 30 participating teams came together for a worthy cause.

Teams paid $30 to participate, and all proceeds go to the scholarship fund in Petrillo’s name. As of Tuesday, the event raised $1,055.

“The scholarship is given to a member of TKE each year – the amount varies depending on how much money is accumulated in the scholarship fund,” Goddard said.

Ray and Mike’s Dairy and Deli sponsored the event, and contributed gift cards to the winners and for a raffle. The local sandwich favorite also boasted three teams of employees to participate.

TKE alumnus and 2010 graduate Freddy Rodriguez came back to Quinnipiac to participate in the event.

“We like to say TKE is a fraternity for life, so of course I’m back to support my organization and this great cause for Rico,” Rodriguez said. “It’s important to come out and help raise money for the scholarship, and this way Rico’s memory remains alive.”

This was the biggest turnout that TKE has ever had for this event, according to TKE member Dean Czerwonka.

“Besides putting on the event in the name of Rico, it’s a great time just for getting outside of Greek life, getting more organizations involved, and just everyone working together and having a good time together,” Goddard said.