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SPECIAL TO THE COURIER

The youth organization of the Tampa chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity received the Southern Region Outstanding Chapter Award at the fraternity’s Conclave (international meeting) held July 15-19 in Little Rock Ark.

Jamel Jackson, a junior at Jefferson High School in Tampa, also won the Outstanding Member Award. The fraternity presented Jackson with a scholarship.

The Sigma Beta Club, made up of 25 boys 13-18, is the non-profit arm of the Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter (Tampa alumni) of Phi Beta Sigma. The boys in the Sigma Beta Club have an average 4.5 grade point average on the 5.0 scale.

In the early 1950s, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity developed the youth auxiliary group under the direction of Dr. Parlett L. Moore, who was the fraternity’s National Director of Education. Moore was concerned about the changing needs in communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of youth.

On April 23, 1954, the first Sigma Beta Club chapter was organized in Montgomery, Ala.

The Sigma Beta Clubs’ principles of focus emphasize culture, athletics, social and educational needs.

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