Lawn pong benefit for ailing WSU student

From staff reports

The men of Beta Theta Pi are hosting a massive pong competition on the lawn of their chapter house in honor of sophomore member Brian Gurney tomorrow morning.

Gurney suffered an injury while hiking last August and has been in a coma since the accident. His fraternity brothers immediately started a campaign titled #BringGurneyHome that has raised money for Gurney’s medical bills and provided support for his family.

This weekend’s event, Beta Pong 2015, will feature a life-size pong set up using garbage cans and dodge balls. Competing teams will contribute $30 per group in order to participate. All proceeds go directly to Gurney.

David Bricka, Gurney’s uncle who has been in close communication with the chapter, is grateful for the fraternity’s support and excited for this weekend’s activities.

He visited Pullman last September during Beta Theta Pi’s first major “#BringGurneyHome” event. He will return today to spend time with the chapter again.

“These guys have been so kind and so compassionate to our family,” Bricka said. “They are true men of principle.”

Community members are invited to attend the event, watch the competition and participate in concessions. Beta Pong 2015 begins at 11 a.m. at Beta Theta Pi’s chapter house on NE Linden Street.

Reporting by Lance Lijewski