With the Saturday heat index pushing 100° F, the work crew of Sigma Phi Epsilon members young and old knew they would want to get an early start to the day.
Organizers Beau Grant (2009) and Jake Reed (2011) had been working on the strategy for the day for weeks, sharing details in the alumni Facebook group. They gathered at 7:30 a.m. August 17 at the house with tools ready.
The volleyball court has been a fixture at the Chapter House since the 1990s, with hundreds of college students taking to it over the chapter’s nearly 25 year history. Maintaining the court had become a bit of a challenge in recent years, requiring a concerted effort to restore the playing surface.
Jarrod Rhodes (1999) brought his son, Jacob, who will be attending UT Martin this fall as a freshman. “Got to meet some really good folks,” the elder Rhodes said. “It was a good day.”
The crew added ten tons of new sand to the playing surface. Roots from a nearby pine tree hampered progress, but Jake Reed’s tractor made the work a lot easier. The next phase of work will be to re-install the lights for the court so that play can continue well into the evening.
The renovated court already hosted a recruitment event last Thursday, and will continue to throughout the fall.
Be sure to wear sandals! 🏐