Robbie Page Memorial
Sigma Sigma Sigma centers its philanthropic efforts around the theme "Sigma
Serves Children," specifically
through the Robbie Page Memorial. Established following the 1951 death of a son of the Sorority's National President,
Mary Hastings Holloway Page, the RPM supported various polio research projects including the Salk vaccine trials.
Long range programming to develop and support play therapy for
hospitalized children began at North Carolina
Memorial Hospital once a cure for polio was discovered. By focusing on the emotional and developmental needs of
hospitalized children, funds raised by collegiate and alumnae chapters were used not only to establish playrooms,
but also to create a specialized field of study for professionals in child development and associated health care professions.
Sigmas take satisfaction in knowing that the leadership of their funded
projects for children have helped
people realize the value of recreational therapy for hospitalized children. Current national efforts are centered on
supporting the play therapy programs at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, and
Children's Medical Center in Dallas , Texas .
Robbie Page Memorial Grants have been awarded to these institutions
focusing not only on funding the renovations
and materials for hospital playrooms, but also funding graduate assistantships at the University of North Carolina in
Recreational Therapy and fellowships at Children's Medical Center.
For outstanding support of Child Life and Play Therapy programs, the
National Therapeutic Recreation
Society has recognized Sigma Sigma Sigma, since contributions from the Sorority have benefited thousands of children.