Dodge for a cause

SHIFT Happens is encouraging the community to duck, dodge, dip, and dive for a cause.

Students in 5th-12th grade, as well as members of the community, are invited to participate in the Dodge For A Cause Dodgeball Tournament sponsored by SHIFT (Students Helping IMPACT Future Teens) Happens. The event will be held Friday, Feb. 26 at Jeff Gym in Webster City. Check-in will begin at 5 p.m., and the event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Teams of 8-10 members are welcome. Registration is $5 per participant.

Ashley Flaws, SHIFT Happens President, encourages the whole community to come out and support not only the organization, but also the memory of Jorden Leeper.

“I hope a lot of people come out to the tournament. It would really help a lot of kids and it would be a great way to honor Jorden,” said Flaws.

This year there will be three tournament brackets. Any 5th-12th grade student in Hamilton County is invited to pick a team, choose a theme, dress up, and participate in this fun, substance free event. There will be a 5th-8th grade bracket, a 9th-12th grade bracket, and a bracket for any community members that would like to support their local youth by creating their own family team, or joining a youth-adult combo team.

Community members may also support their local youth by coming to the tournament, sponsoring a team, donating door prizes, or donating to the Jorden Leeper Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund. Half of the funds raised during the event will go toward the Jorden Leeper Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund, which has been established to financially help families with children who want to participate in Fuller Hall/City Recreation programs (i.e. youth baseball, softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball).

The other half of the funds will go toward SHIFT Happens, so that future events can be planned to raise money for other worthy causes and prevention activities. A free will donation jar will also be set up at the tournament.

“This cause would have been very close to Jorden’s heart,” stated Flaws, ” he was always helping kids at Fuller Hall.”

“I would love for people to come out because they would be supporting a great cause, it provides an opportunity for youth and adults to have quality conversation, and it’s a fun thing to do on a Friday night,” stated Tiffany Larson, BEE-Inspired CAPP Program Coordinator.

SHIFT Happens is focused on making an impact in the community to help teens be above the influence. Their efforts have been assisted by the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families, Hamilton County Public Health, Power Up YOUth, Community & Family Resources, and the school district.

SHIFT Happens has held several events in the past few years to increase the awareness in the community on various prevention topics, including alcohol and other drugs. In 2014 the organization helped to raise funds for the HERO Board to restore The Webster Theater.

Email shifthappenshamco@gmail.com or beeinspiredcappprogram@gmail.com or call Tiffany Larson at 515.835.1836 for questions about registration or for more information about the event.

Registration forms are available in school offices, inTANDEM Workspace, and on the SHIFT Happens Social Media Accounts. The deadline to register is Feb. 22.