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UCF's Theta Chi Fraternity will host its largest philanthropy event, G.I. Theta Chi, on Sunday to benefit the United Service Organizations.

USO is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that assists troops serving in combat, wounded warriors, veterans and their families, according to a press release.

"Our fraternity comes from a military background and it's because of that I feel so honored to help our veterans in any way possible," said Kurt Owen, Iota Theta Chapter president of the Theta Chi Fraternity.

Located on the corner of Greek Park and Gemini Boulevard, the Iota Theta Chapter house will hold the ninth annual G.I. Theta Chi event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the event, there will be outdoor activities such as tug of war, jousting and a canoe race at Lake Claire.

According to the release, this year's major sponsors include Muscle Milk, Study Cube, No Limit Event Rentals and Hensel Phelps.

"This philanthropy is a fun way to raise money and spread awareness for our troops and military families that do so much for our country," said Ryan Whittington, Iota Theta Chapter's director of special events, in a release.

Last year, local and national sponsors alone donated more than $11,000 through the event.

"I am proud to say G.I. Theta Chi raises money to help those who protected us and fought so we have the luxuries and freedoms we have today," Owen said. "G.I. Theta Chi is Theta Chi Fraternity's way of saying 'thank you' to those brave men and women."

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Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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