Derby Days

What is Derby Days?

Derby Days is Sigma Chi's annual fundraiser. The proceeds from our week are donated to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Our goal is to "be the generation that ends cancer", and Derby Days is our effort to do so. Each year, for a week, our chapter will hold multiple competitive events for each sorority to participate in. These events include flag football, tug of war, and Runkle's Amazing Race.

Derby Days was started in 1916 by the Alpha Beta chapter at the University of California Berkeley. Since its founding over 100 years ago, Derby Days has grown into an national philanthropic effort by all Sigma Chi chapters in a massive effort to raise funds in order to be the generation that ends cancer.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute

Huntsman Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)- Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which means it achieves the highest standards for cancer care and research and receives support for its worthy scientific endeavors. Huntsman Cancer Institute has become one of the best cancer hospitals in the world since its creation in 1995.

We Are The Generation To End Cancer

At Sigma Chi, this is our battle cry. Thousands of Sigma Chi's have stepped up to fund cancer research and we are nearing completion a 7-year commitment to raise $11 Million to fuel the innovative research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). But as Sigma Chi’s we know our work is not done, so we are again making the largest commitment to a philanthropy in the history of men’s fraternity. The newly announced $20 Million will be directed to women’s cancers, to honor the women that inspire us every day and who work tirelessly with us in Debry Days to fight this horrible disease. Together, we are the generation to end cancer.

The Stephen Frank Carter Memorial Derby Days

1943 - 2021

Who was Steve Carter

Steve began his education at LSU in 1961 where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and was three-time Athlete of the Year, and served as student Government Association President in 1965. During his time at LSU Steve was also a three-year letterman on the LSU Tennis Team, two years of which he was Team Captain. A few years later he added Head Coach of the LSU Tennis Team to his title. He was two-time SEC Coach of the Year and brought LSU to their first championship in 43 years. In 1979, Steve channeled his love for tennis and working with children into founding and leading Pelican Tennis Camp where over 10,000 youth from throughout the South participated in advancement of athletic and leadership skills.

Sigma Chi at LSU is giving recognition to Steve Carter for his ongoing commitment and dedicated service to the community he loved so dear.

Derby Days 2021

2021 was the most successful Derby Days that the newly reinstalled Gamma Iota Chapter has ever hosted! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the participating sororities, our generous sponsors, and every brother of the chapter, we raised $5,325! More than we have ever raised.

We would like to thank the following sororities for their commitment to become the generation to end cancer: Kappa Delta, Tri Delta, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Theta.

We would also like to congratulate our Derby Days champions, Kappa Delta, for the amazing week of hard work.