Taking one for the team

Dodgeball and donations will benefit Relay for Life on Saturday
Mar. 07, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

There will be 12 dodgeball teams playing in the first Defeat the Disease Dodgeball Tournament at Grace Christian School's Torgerson Gymnasium Saturday afternoon and evening. The goal of the tournament though, makes it closer to one team in action instead of 12.

The dodgeball will be a fun family event, said team captain and event coordinator Jessica Nelson, and a little bit hard-hitting. The driving force, though, won't be releasing some frustration on an opponent, it'll be raising money for Relay for Life of Lee County.

"I wanted to try to get men, women and teenagers involved so we thought a dodgeball tournament would be a fun way to do it," Nelson said.

She's succeeded there already. Twelve teams of eight players each have rosters ranging in age from 14-66. The tournament is set for 4-8 p.m. at Grace. Any amount of a donation is good for admission. The players have donated $15 or more each to play.

Relay for Life of Lee County will be held Friday, May 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Sanford. Relays around the nation raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

"It means so much that my friends and family want to take time out of their lives to help me make this event everything I know it can be," she said.

The tournament promises to be exciting for spectators.

"Not only is it fun to play, but it will be a spectacle to watch," Nelson said.

It's also designed to be a family-friendly night of entertainment. Concessions will include Dominos pizza and homemade desserts.

More than 25 local businesses have made the night possible, Nelson said, donating raffle prizes and being sponsors. Some of the raffle prizes are along the lines of salon gift cards, gym memberships and free oil changes and tire rotations.

While the competitive spirit might pick up as the games go on, Nelson believes everyone knows the real reason for the tournament and she wants to make it an annual fundraiser.

"We are all playing for the same thing," Nelson said, "and the real winners are the people we are able to help with the funds raised."