Greek fraternities and sororities from across the country will vie to see who has the best moves at the annual Sprite Step Off National Championship, set to commence in the D.C. area on May 21.
Regional competitions kicked off on March 19 and the six-city tour stopped in Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Houston. In the end, six fraternities and six sororities will compete to win the Sprite Step Off II Crown. The winning team will receive two $100,000 grand prize scholarships.
“Sprite Step Off gives college students an outlet to showcase creative self-expression through the art of step while promoting the importance of higher education and being active,” Sprite Brand director Augusto Elias said in a statement. “Sprite sees stepping as a vehicle to empower this innovative generation to spark their creativity and fresh thinking while giving back to the community.”
DJ Rock-T from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show will host this year’s regional and national championship events, while DJ Mr. Quick will perform on the turntables. The final event will also include performances from Grammy award-winning singer Ciara and D.C. rapper Wale.
Throughout the preliminary events, each step team participated in service activities at their city’s local Boys & Girls Clubs and each participating branch will receive a $4,500 check and book donations following the final competition.
Stepping, which was originally introduced by historically Black Greek letter organizations, has grown to be shared by many multicultural fraternities and sororities including Hispanic and Asian groups. Jennifer M. Jones, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a coordinating body for the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities explained that she is glad that the importance of stepping is being brought to the forefront because of its uniquely positive impact on youth and their college experiences.
“Sprite is showcasing the art of step and the creativity of our students to a national audience,” Jones said in a statement. The program’s emphasis on service to our local communities is particularly important, with much needed outreach that promotes the benefits of physical fitness and education to the next generation of students.”
The final Sprite Step Off Competition will take place on May 21 at the Show Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. For more information, visit: www.spritestepoff.com.