Undergrad President Earns Iron Phi Honor

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Fitness … it’s in his blood. From a children’s soccer coach and personal trainer to founder of the Columbus-based CampusFit, a personal training business, Nick Orsini ’16 is a chapter president with a passion for exercise and physical well-being. We are pleased to announce that as of this summer, Nick has achieved status as an Iron Phi, a Phi Delt who selects “an athletic endeavor of their choice (any type of athletic event is eligible), raises $1,000 through the Iron Phi website, and accomplishes the athletic endeavor itself.” Last month, Nick completed a 2,500-mile trek across the U.S., complete with wild dogs, friendly strangers and a tornado near miss.

The trip began in Gainesville, Fla., on a June day. Joined by his cousin, Brett (whose brother is a Phi Delta at Kentucky), Nick set out for what would be 29 days of adventure, sweat, cheap motels and ice baths across the U.S.

“Our driving motivations was a desire to set out on an adventure of our own,” Nick explains. “It was good to just be away from everything we have known and gain new experiences. And, it was a true inspiration to be raising money to further ALS research, education and treatment.”

The days could be grueling. “You can never completely prepare for something like this,” Nick admits. “Those hills … it is a lot of hard work.” Their goal to camp each night quickly turned into stops at cheap hotels for some rest and much-needed ice baths. And, after being chased by wild dogs and experiencing visits from coyotes, it was nice to get a break from the elements. Thanks to some friendly strangers near Austin, Texas, Nick and Brett were guided to a shelter shortly after a tornado hit the road a few miles from where they were riding.

Following a 150-mile night ride through the Arizona desert, Nick and Brett finished their trip after crossing the California border at the southeastern town of Blythe. “We met a lot of people on the road,” Nick says. “That was one of the best parts of this experience — meeting and interacting with people across geographies, cultures and generations.”

Following his return (and several days of recovery), Nick has assumed a summer position with Monster Energy as a brand ambassador and is also working as a personal physical trainer. He is also working with the undergraduate executive board in planning for the fall semester and September’s Fight Night.

If you are interested in making a donation towards Nick’s Iron Phi summer adventure, CLICK HERE. Brothers can also send their congratulations to Nick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..