The Shorthorn reports chanting could be heard from inside the University Center over to the neighboring street Sunday.

The energy that filled the room was similar to that of a ball game, but it wasn’t a sporting event. It wasn’t even fraternity brothers or sorority sisters that caused the noise. These were Muslim students representing their schools as part of the 10th Annual Muslim Student Association Showdown.

Nineteen universities and a total of more than 200 students attended the event hosted by the UTA Muslim Student Association, including UT-Austin, UT-San Antonio, UT-Dallas, The University of North Texas and Texas A&M, among others.

Together, the associations raised $16,442 for Project Sadaqa to help relief efforts for Syrian refugees, said Abdullah Shawky, regional disaster response coordinator for Islamic Relief USA. Project Sadaqa is a collaborative effort for all Muslim Student Associations across Texas to give back and help those in need. This year, the associations chose to raise money to donate to the refugees.

Shawky said he was told the associations raised $10,000, but was surprised to learn the total was higher at the event.
 

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