Dodgeball Club event will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Michigan

Jessica Smith

It’s the week before finals and stress levels are high. If you’re looking for a distraction or a way to let off some steam before going into your finals, here’s the perfect opportunity.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management crew partnered with the Dodgeball Club to bring you Dodge For A Cause. Student Kate Schick said they wanted to make an event that everyone on campus could enjoy.

“Our group brainstormed and tried to come up with a fun activity that students, organizations, sororities, fraternities, and even faculty would all be interested in. We want people to have a ball and grant a wish,”
Schick said.

Dodge For A Cause is a dodgeball tournament designed to be a fun way to end the year, while supporting the Make-A-Wish Michigan Foundation. The dodgeball team will be explaining the rules and regulations as well as refereeing the event. President of the Dodgeball Club, Mark Trippiedi, said he thinks dodgeball is the perfect sport to help raise money because anyone can join in.

“Not only is it a great charity event, but it is also dodgeball, and everyone probably remembers how much fun it was in school, not to mention it is great timing to have some fun before finals week,” Trippiedi said.

The group’s goal is to raise $500 for Make-A-Wish Michigan. This foundation grants wishes to children in our community facing life-threatening medical conditions to help enrich their human experience with hope, strength and joy. The money would be enough to cover the lodging for a vacation wish.

Schick wants to help the Make-A-Wish Michigan because it has personally helped her family in the past.

“Make-A-Wish Michigan® really hits home for me. My older brother, Derrick, was a wish kid. As a wish sibling I witnessed first hand how amazing this foundation is and what a difference it makes in the lives of the children, and the strength it brings to the families,” Schick said. “Derrick’s wish was to go to Disney World and it was an experience like none other. These wishes help the children and families more than you can ever imagine.”

If you’d like to participate in this event, there’s still time to sign up. Teams need to be comprised of six to ten people and a team captain will be responsible for registering the team and submitting an entry fee, which is $35 per team, and can be dropped off at the HTM Department in B-3-226 Mackinac Hall or turned in at the event.

The tournament kicks off Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Fieldhouse and is expected to wrap up before 9 p.m. All of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Michigan, and there will be prizes for the winning team along with free giveaways, and some friendly competition.

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