The concept of Iron Phi was developed as a way to strengthen both Phi Delta Theta and its impact on the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Fraternity has a philanthropic partnership with The ALS Association, a non-profit entity with the mission of bringing awareness to the disease and finding its cure. Through the fundraising efforts of members of Phi Delta Theta on the way to achieving personal athletic goals, the Fraternity will be able to mobilize its membership base to help the Phi Delta Theta Foundation and The ALS Association achieve their missions.
To become an “Iron Phi”, members of Phi Delta Theta (undergraduates and alumni) must select an athletic endeavor (marathon, half-marathon, running relay, triathlon, duathlon, ironman, bike race, etc.), raise $1,000 through the Iron Phi website, and accomplish the athletic event itself.
Lou Gehrig was known as the “Iron Horse” during his baseball career because of his durability and perseverance. His prowess as a hitter, consecutive games-played record (2,130), and never-give-up attitude after being stricken with ALS inspired those around him. In the spirit of Brother Gehrig, the name Iron Phi was given to the initiative to encourage those involved to remembers Lou’s approach to life when setting out to achieve something.
The following Brothers have completed the challenge of becoming Iron Phis:
- Jay Brace (#1150) (IP#84)
- Michael Boulter (#1165) (IP#87)
- Jared Sanders (#1166) (IP#123)
- Burl Keel (#1182) (IP#141)
- Matthew Dunklee (#1285) (IP#487)
- Patrick Rye (#1264) (IP#557)
- Brandan Wade (#1173) (IP#699)
The following Brothers have taken up the challenge of becoming Iron Phis: