Sugar Free Bowl
Sugar Free Bowl is the most competitive and purpose oriented flag football tournaments that Delta Epsilon Psi offers. Each year the brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity host the event with the initiative to raise funding for and awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. This condition afflicts over 150 million people worldwide a year. Therefore, it is for this reason that all proceeds from Sugar Free Bowl are donated directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF is a one of a kind organization that sets the bar for Juvenile Diabetes Research. Just this year the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation recognized Delta Epsilon Psi as one of their primary philanthropic partners.
Vishal Bhagat, a brother of Delta Epsilon Psi, was the original visionary of Sugar Free Bowl. Vishal was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at a young age, but was never discouraged by the affliction. Vishal joined Delta Epsilon Psi with idea of using the fraternity’s experience and resources in community service to serve as an avenue to develop his idea of Sugar Free Bowl. Through the motivation and determination of Vishal Bhagat, along with his brothers in Delta Epsilon Psi, in November of 2002 the Sugar Free Bowl came to be. Tragically, in August 2006 an accident caused Vishal to pass on. However, the brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi are determined to carry on his vision and legacy by putting their hearts and souls into the Sugar Free Bowl each year.
Expansion of the tournament form the University of Texas, Austin to the many other universities is one of the fraternity’s leading philanthropic priorities. Previous Sugar Free Bowls such as the tournament in Austin have had participation of over 450 players and 100 volunteers. Primarily due to the successes of the Sugar Free Bowl, JDRF and Delta Epsilon Psi have become official philanthropic partners. Delta Epsilon Psi and JDRF take enormous pride in this achievement and work year round to intensify and replicate its impact on multiple universities across the nation.