UCF's Reflecting Pond was recently packed with thousands of plastic water bottles, and on Friday, Lake Claire will be filled with 1,000 rubber ducks.

Delta Upsilon's Annual Lucky Ducky Competition will be held from noon to 4 p.m. to raise money for its national philanthropy, the Global Service Initiative.

Participants were asked to pay a $100 registration fee prior to the event to go toward the GSI, which aims "to create experiences that prepare men for success in a new global environment."

"The Global Service Initiative is actually a foundation set up to raise money to send brothers from all Delta Upsilon chapters to Jamaica to build schools and houses for underprivileged children," said Alex Kimmelman, the vice president of philanthropy for Delta Upsilon.

This is the second year the event has taken place, and Kimmelman said the fraternity wants to make this one bigger and better.

At the event, registered participants will split into teams — made up of a sorority and fraternity pair — and paddle through Lake Claire in kayaks to collect as many of the 1,000 rubber ducks that have been dropped in.

Each duck will have a number from one to three written on the bottom, which identifies how many points the duck is worth. This scoring system means that the team with the most ducks may not necessarily be the winner.

Kimmelman, a freshman finance major, said there will also be mini games at the event, such as a relay race, tug of war and volleyball, through which teams will compete against each other for more points.

The winner of the Lucky Ducky competition will receive a first place trophy with the title "The Luckiest Duck."

At the end of the event, the fraternity will announce the winner of its Delta Upsilon Darling Competition.


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

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