LeAndra Cubbage of Sigma Gamma Rho and Sondra Hines (right)

Since January, I’ve been in a fierce competition.

I’ve fought hard and feverishly cheered teammates with hopes of capturing first place in a weight-loss competition. Along the way, I’ve shared daily fitness tips and inspiration. It’s been an enjoyable journey.

But all good things come to an end.

On Saturday, I’ll anxiously await results as to whether Team Delta has captured first place in a weight-loss competition. The challenge, now in its second year, is part of the Sorority Greek Health Olympics (SGHO), sponsored by the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., of which I’m a proud member.

As Team Delta motivation coach, along with soror Kecia Robinson, our squad is vying to be the ‘biggest loser’ and retain first place.

It’s about bragging rights, too!

Joining Delta in the weight-loss war are fellow sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta. Each competing sorority is assigned a team of two Delta members who serve as motivation coaches. We are all pushing our teams to finish strong by losing weight and committing to healthier lifestyles.

SGHO, which falls under the sorority’s Physical and Mental Health programmatic thrust, was started in 2012.

In 2012, I was part of that inaugural Delta team and have loved the event since. That year, I ran in the 4×100 relay and was thrilled when Team Delta was crowned SGHO Champion (yes I won my leg in the relay race, too). Although I no longer sprint, I’m now racing with Team Delta to the weight-loss finish line.

The SGHO falls in March, which is part of Delta’s sisterhood month activities. What better way to show sisterhood than to encourage other sorority members to live healthier.

In 2016, the SGHO event was rained out and the inaugural weight-loss challenge was added.

This year, regardless of the outcome or weather, women from different sororities have committed to live healthier and embrace sisterhood.

Until next time, I wish you health and wellness!

Wanna go?

2017 Sorority Greek Health Olympics
Johnson C. Smith University track
Free and open to public

Sondra E. Z. Hines is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, Zumba instructor, workshop presenter and motivational speaker. A former adjunct professor, she has 15-plus years as a fitness instructor...