DURYEA — According to the 2004 film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” there were five Ds to remember when playing dodgeball — dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge.
Holy Rosary School has taken those fundamentals and added a sixth D over the last few years with donations as part of its annual dodgeball tournament.
This will be the event’s third year and will take place over the course of three days beginning Friday, April 6 and concluding Sunday, April 8.
Barb Sciandra and Qiana Lehman, who serve as co-chairpersons for the event, say its purpose to is raise money for a new science lab.
“Originally, we were looking for fun activities and there are a lot that kids are involved in, but we wanted a weekend where families could participate together,”Lehman said. “It’s a fun event where the kids could come out, enjoy and kids can raise money for their education. In this case, it’s raising money for a science lab.”
Those signing up for the event can do so by logging onto www.raceroster.com. There is a limit of 10 people per team and a cost of $10 to sign up.
There are six brackets in this tournament — a first and second-grade bracket, third and fourth-grade bracket, fifth and sixth-grade bracket, seventh and eighth-grade bracket, and an adult bracket.
Sciandra said winning teams do get something — bragging rights.
“Winning teams get bragging rights and we give everybody first-place ribbons,” she said. “We thought about doing bigger prizes for the winners, but the whole purpose is to raise money for the school. The kids like bragging to their friends.”
As far as anything new, Lehman and Sciandra said the event will remain mostly the same except for more food options.
“There will be an ice cream truck and a cupcake truck on Friday night,” Sciandra said. “There’s pizza, hot dogs, tacos and baseball stand food. There’s music playing in the gym, so it gets very competitive and the kids have a ton of fun doing it.”
Raising money for the science lab was the reason for the dodgeball tournament beginning three years ago and it has progressed since then.
Melissa Skutek, principal at Holy Rosary School, said funds from previous tournaments have gone towards a science lab, as well. Monies went towards installing a new floor last year, and this year they’ll go towards new sinks, cabinets and plumbing in the lab.
“I don’t think that’ll leave extra money, and next year we’ll use the money towards workstations,” Skuteck said.
Lehman said if the tournament comes up short raising enough funds to complete the science lab, then a fourth tournament will be held next year.
“If we get that money this year, that’s great and then we can get the kids learning quicker than ever,” she said. “If we come up short, we’re going to be at this job until the kids get what they need.”
Should enough funds be raised to complete the lab, Sciandra said the dodgeball tournament will continue in the coming years but with different goals in mind.
“Once it’s complete, we’ll pick something new at the school and the money will go towards a bigger project,” she said.
Skuteck will do her part in raising money for the science lab by participating in the dodgeball tournament with her team Skuteck’s Minions.
She’s participated every year and seems to do better every time.
“I did well last year,” she said. “There’s an adult team we play, but we got knocked out the first year against a college team.”
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