July 14, 2013

See the ball, dodge the ball

Fundraiser to benefit two local groups

Jamie Jones

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”

— Patches O’Houlihan, from the 2004 movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”

While you won’t have to outmaneuver any hurtling metal tools, there will be plenty of flying balls to dodge at an upcoming fundraiser benefiting two local nonprofits.

A dodgeball tournament to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties is Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to form teams for the tournament. The entry fee is $100 per team of six to eight players and includes six T-shirts. Each additional T-shirt is $10. A $150 entry includes the team name on the tournament shirts.

Only six players from  each team are allowed on the court at a time. The remainder will be alternates. The format is double elimination, so each team is guaranteed two games.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs are excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a fun and entertaining event,” said Jason Finnell, director of development at the local Boys & Girls Clubs. “Dodgeball is a great game that everyone in the community can enjoy. We look forward to increasing awareness for our organizations and the youth we serve.”

Dodgeball is a classic school gymnasium game that mixes quickness, athleticism and perhaps a little pain — if you get hit. Each game starts with six balls and six players. During a game, two teams compete by pelting each other with plastic balls. A player is out if he or she is hit by a ball thrown by an opposing team member, or if a player catches a thrown ball in mid-air. Rules will follow generally accepted dodgeball guidelines.

“As board president of Big Brothers Big Sisters I can say it has been a pleasure to team up with the wonderful staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs and bring to Dalton our first dodgeball tournament,” J.T. Finley said. “We feel this is a great start to lead to many more partnerships and activities between our two agencies. Bring your friends and family and join us on Aug. 3 for a great cause.”

For more information or to register, visit www.bgcgmw.org or call (706) 529-5032.