Sigma Phi Epsilon Honors the Legacy of Fallen Brother David Spyke

Sigma Phi Epsilon Honors the Legacy of Fallen Brother David Spyke Through Race for a Reason

Chapter Raised $3,400 for Brain Trauma in 2014, Looks to Increase Mark in 2015

ATHENS, Ohio — On May 13, 2013, Ohio University’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon lost a brother.

David Spyke tragically lost his life when he crashed and struck his head while skateboarding with friends outside of Cincinnati on the afternoon of May 12, 2013. Spyke was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he died the next morning due to a traumatic brain injury.

At the time of his passing, Spyke had just completed his sophomore year at Ohio University as a Biological Sciences major. He was the recipient of the Gateway Excellence Scholarship, an award given to a student whose goal is to become a neurological science researcher. Above all else, according to Sigma Phi Epsilon member Alex France, David was a selfless individual who made a daily effort to better the lives of others.

“David was such a genuine, good person,” said France. “He was someone who strove to help others, academically or personally. We knew we wanted to do something for him. It was just a question of what.”

With the help of current MBA/MSA student and Ohio State Sigma Phi Epsilon alum Eric Mayer, Race for a Reason became that “what.”

“We are extremely thankful that Eric brought Race for a Reason to our attention,” explained France. “After hearing about that event, we immediately thought it would be a good opportunity to raise money for brain trauma and honor David.”

The fraternity ramped up its fundraising efforts for the Brain Trauma Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the outcomes for patients of traumatic brain injuries by improving practices, conducting research and further educating medical professionals. The end result was over $3,400 raised in just four weeks.

“I had little doubt that the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon would run a successful fundraising campaign,” said Mayer. “But I did not anticipate the passion in which the brothers wanted to raise money in memory of David. It was incredible.”

For the 2015 version of the event in April, France expects the chapter to go beyond the $3,400 mark.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to raise more than last year and continue to honor David’s legacy,” said France. “We are getting our new brothers involved and making them passionate about this event and its connection to our fraternity.”

Finally, France urges all Ohio University students to find their reason to participate in the event this April.

“I really hope to see more people out this year,” said France. “Race for a Reason is great because it gives everyone an outlet to get involved for their own cause. You don’t have to subscribe to some predetermined cause to get involved. You get to raise money for something you care about and get connected to the campus community as a whole.”

On May 13, 2013, Ohio University’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon lost a brother.

On April 26, 2014, they honored him.

On April 25, 2015, they will again.

For more information about the Brain Trauma Foundation, visit

The 2015 OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason will be held on April 25, 2015 and $10 of every registration fee automatically goes to the charity of the participant’s choice. For more information on the event and how to join, visit