The Greek community at West Virginia University will help celebrate Homecoming by participating in a week of special activities Monday, Oct. 15-Saturday, Oct. 20.

The events will pair up fraternities and sororities in teams and are designed to bring the Greek community together through some healthy competition and charitable activities.

The week begins with a coin collection and banner contest. Each of the teams will collect coins and loose change from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., each day in the Mountainlair with proceeds benefiting a Morgantown resident to purchase a service dog. During the competition loose change is collected counts for positive points, but competing teams can put dollar bills into the collection containers to take away points. As the teams work to maintain the positive points, the amount of money raised also grows.

The banner event begins at noon Monday (Oct. 15) as sorority houses throughout the campus display their entry outside. Several local business leaders will judge the entries on the creativity of the design and use of the theme within the banner.

On Tuesday (Oct. 16) from 16 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms, the Greek community will come together for the annual Greek blood drive.

The Greek Games will be held Tuesday evening from 68 p.m. on the Mountainlair Plaza. Events this year include a tug-of-war, with teams of six women and six men; a relay race; a hot-pepper eating contest; arm-wrestling; and an egg toss.

The popular air band competition will take place from 810 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 18) on the Mountainlair plaza. Teams will compete with a choreographed dance routine that tie into this years theme ofMountaineers Through the Years.Spectators are encouraged to come dressed in gold and blue.

Friday evening (Oct. 19), the Greek organizations will participate in the annual Homecoming parade down High Street beginning at 6:30 p.m.; lineup is set for 5 p.m.

Those attending the parade are encouraged to arrive early to see local high school bands, color guards, thePride of West VirginiaMountaineer Marching Band, Homecoming king and queen candidates and other colorful parade entries.

During halftime festivities of Saturdays (Oct. 20) WVU /Mississippi State football game, winners of the float competition and the Homecoming court candidates will be recognized in a special ceremony. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.