LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2009) – For the second year in a row, UK's Greek community hit the streets in a big way after a few big football games. Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), UK Greeks spent their Sunday afternoons cleaning up neighborhoods surrounding Commonwealth Stadium.
The Sundays after the Louisville, Alabama and this past weekend's Homecoming game vs.Mississippi State, several hundred Greek men and women, representing every chapter on campus, worked from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. cleaning neighborhood streets near the stadium. Each weekend, 38 streets were cleaned, totaling more than 7.3 miles of roadways.
"When we started this program last year, we were really encouraged that it could be such a collaborative effort, not only between UK's Greek community, but with the Lexington Police Department and the surrounding neighborhoods," Ben Duncan, IFC president, said.
"We see this as the Greek community's way of giving back to the campus community, both students and residents," Duncan continued. "We hope to encourage people to tailgate responsibly and keep campus neighborhoods beautiful. The Greek cleanup program is one of the many ways that we demonstrate our desire to be productive members of the Lexington and campus community."
Door hangers were placed on the doors of all the homes on streets that were cleaned. They explained a little about the program and who was actually cleaning the streets.