An audacious and bold group of sons of Blood and Thunder founded the XI PI Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in 1974. The founding members are Samuel C. Hunter, Lloyd E. Thomas, Willie M. Bratcher, T.C. Chambers, Harold M. Clay, Andrew Gaither, Jerome D. Reed, Delano Robinson, Ernest E. Varner, and Charles W. Ellis.
Xi Pi continues to be an active participant in the life of Colorado Springs. Over the years, the chapter has been involved in a variety of community activities, such as sponsoring a high school academic incentive stipend, providing higher education scholarships, participating in the Colorado State “Adopt a Highway Program and Adopt a Park,” tutoring and conducting life skills classes for young men at the Tutmose Academy, Providing Conflict resolution classes for the Annual African–American Youth Leadership Conference, and supporting the Angel Tree Project.
Embracing the new millennium, Xi Pi is focusing its energies on programs and activities that will have the greatest positive impact upon the lives of Colorado Springs residents. The chapter will focus its efforts on the following key programs: (1) Providing scholarships annually for college-bound seniors, (2) African American Health Fair, (3) Charles Drew Blood Drive, (4) Student Talent Hunt-to showcase local talent, (5) Holiday Giving Project-to assist families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and (6) Project Manhood Mentoring Program for young at-risk males in our community.
In 2003, the Xi Pi Chapter – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Foundation Uplift, Inc. (Uplift Foundation) was established by the chapter. This Colorado nonprofit foundation is designed to provide an increased and sustained level of support for the above activities. All programs operate under the direction of the Uplift Foundation. Support for programs is provided by the Foundation and the chapter through personal and corporate contributions, our annual Golf Tournament, the Winter Dance and Step Show, and the Omega Showboat Extravaganza.
Men of like ideas and of like attainment dwell together for the uplift of mankind. Since 1911, men of Omega have served the community and sworn allegiance to Omega Psi Phi and its cause.