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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

A Summer of Service

Business scholar joins fraternity members in improving the lives of people with disabilities.

In summer 2011, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity member, Kenny Day, BBA '15, participated in a seven-week Build America program, a U.S. cross-country construction-oriented service project that raises funds as well as awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.

Day, a Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholar and marketing major in the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business, and 15 other Pi Kappa Phis from across the nation joined forces to pave the road for a better understanding of people with disabilities, breaking traditional stereotypes of Greek life along the way. The Build America team travelled around the U.S. to camps and facilities that serve people with disabilities to carry the message of Push America in unique and inspiring ways to every person they met.
Day and the Build America team built dozens of accessible amenities at camps across the nation including a shaded structure over a wheelchair dock at a horse-riding stable in city, Empire, Colo., an industrial-sized playground in Akron, Ohio, an eight-hole mini golf course in Cincinnati, Ohio, a nature trail in Wexford, Pa., and much more. Each team member was also involved in day-to-day camp activities and took on interactive roles with the campers.

Build America is one of many summer programs for Push America, a nonprofit founded on the principles of building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today. Before the trip, each team member raised a minimum of $3,500 that was distributed to the camps as $5,000 grants to cover the costs of materials for the projects completed. To date, Push America has raised more than $15 million to support the disability community.
Day found the seven weeks with Build America the most amazing experience of his life. “It was remarkable being involved in the complete process of Build America, from fundraising in the months leading up to the program to actually completing the trip and meeting so many people with inspiring stories," Day says. "I have learned so much about the abilities of all people, and I may never truly realize what an immeasurable impact this summer has had on my life."
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