Two weeks ago, Mizzou faced off against the Tennessee Volunteers in Men's college basketball; however, the game played that Saturday was only a small side note compared to what made that Saturday so important.
The game on Saturday, February 13th, was a game dedicated to Rhyan Loos. Rhyan is the five year old daughter of Mizzou basketball's assistant coach, Brad Loos. She was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma about 5 months ago, since then support has been poured out for Rhyan all over social media. Teams and organizations on the professional and collegiate level from all over the country have been showing their support by using the hashtag #RallyForRhyan; consequently, Rhyan's story has been gaining national exposure which reached it's pinnacle against Tennessee two weeks ago.
The Tennessee game was announced as "The Rally For Rhyan Game", and allowed free admission with a cash donation of any kind. All proceeds from this game went to pediatric cancer research, and students were encouraged to come out in large numbers to support this cause. That they did.
Trevor O'Connor, a member of Theta Chi-Iota Mu, is a coordinator for Mizzou spirit and has seen the basketball student section at varying levels of attendance this year. The Rally for Rhyan game, Trevor points out, was by far the best turnout, stating, "I think it was great to see all of the support for Ryhan and the Loos Family. In what has been a poor season for Missouri Basketball, it was tremendous to see everyone come together for such a great cause and cheer Mizzou to a victory." The energy in the student section was contagious, and it was great to see the Mizzou student body come together for a cause much bigger than the basketball game being played.
Another encouraging aspect of the game was the support that Mizzou Greek Life was able to cultivate that Saturday. Nearly every chapter was represented within the student section; in fact, Theta Chi-Iota Mu had nearly 50 guys in attendance for the game that Saturday. The Greek community rallied together as one, and showed how powerful and effective they can be in supporting a cause. Trevor also noticed the amount of Greek support in the student section saying, The Rally for Ryhan game was a great representation of what Greek Life is all about. It's about coming together and supporting a great cause. And that's exactly what happened, hundreds of Greek students came out to support pediatric cancer."
The Rally For Rhyan game raised over $50,000 for pediatric cancer research, and provided the Loos family with an overwhelming amount of love and support. We were happy just to play a part in the incredible day.