Get ready to see a sea of blue and white, as nearly 200 brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. from across the state of Florida and the Bahamas converge on the city of Tampa for the 2013 Annual Florida State Conference of The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.

The conference runs January 18-21, during the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend, at the University of South Florida’s Marshall Center located at 4202 E. Fowler Avenue.

The conference, sponsored by the Gamma Eta Sigma (Tampa Alumni) chapter, Zeta Xi (USF) chapter, and the Alpha Beta Gamma (UT) chapter, will be packed with events for both fraternity members and the general public. It will include a college tour, educational workshops and seminars that are both related to our fraternity’s initiatives and professional development.

The public is invited to attend the Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant which will be infused with an electrifying step show. There is also an XBOX Tournament, a teen golf outing, participation in the MLK parade and a lot more… including several social gatherings at local hotspots.

Also planned are a number of activities for the more than three dozen young men from the Sigma Beta Club expected to attend. In 1950 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity became the first Greek organization to develop a youth auxiliary group known as the Sigma Beta Club.  The Clubs’ four major principles  focus on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years.

During the conference, the teens, ages 13 to 18 years old, will attend sessions on obesity, sponsored by Lifelink. There will also be a session on preparing for their future – hosted by USF College of Medicine, as well as a tour of the University. There is a youth golf outing as well.

About Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.

The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as “a part of” the general community rather than “apart from” the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence…without regard to race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the “inclusive we” rather than the “exclusive we”.

Since then, Sigma has evolved into one of the nation’s historical collection of prominent leaders and game changers, continuing the legacy of our founders in our pursuit of “Changing Lives through Service.”

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s motto is “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity.” Since its founding, Phi Beta Sigma has inducted more than 125,000 members with more than 650 chapters throughout the United States, The Bahamas, Europe, Africa, Korea and Japan.  The Tampa Alumni Chapter was chartered in Tampa in 1946.

For more information, please visit the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. international web site at www.phibetasigma1914.org or the Tampa Alumni chapter’s website www.tampasigmas.com