Dodge for a Cause to benefit park projects

Get ready to dodge, duck, dip and dive as the annual Dodge for a Cause returns Friday, March 6.

Sponsored by SHIFT (Students Helping Impact Future Teens) Happens, the event is open to students in 5th-12th grades, as well as families and/or community members. Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m, with the “first throw” following at approximately 6 p.m.

The event will be returning to Jeff Gym, located at the Webster City Middle School in Webster City. Teams of 8 to 10 members per team are welcome, and registration is $50 per team.

There will be three tournament brackets again this year; Middle School (5th-8th grades), High School (9th-12th grades), and a Community/Family Combo bracket. Any 5th-12th grade student in Hamilton County, as well as families, businesses, non-profit or civic groups, or community members are invited to pick their team, choose their theme, dress it up, and participate in substance-free event.

Individuals may also support the cause by coming to the tournament, sponsoring a team, purchasing a t-shirt — $15 each with an additional charge for plus sizes, or by donating bracket/door prizes. Admission for spectators will be free-will-donation. All funds raised will go toward the Revitalization of East Twin Park. Webster City Rotary will be partnering on the SHIFT Happens efforts again this year, as their March Civic Project.

An added perk returning this year is the option to challenge a team. Want to play against your rival on the court? Want to challenge another family, group, or business? Organizers said they would do their best to make that happen. Send a “Dodgeball Throwdown Challenge”via Social Media by following the rules on the SHIFT Happens Facebook page.

SHIFT Happens focuses on making an IMPACT in the community by helping teens be Above the Influence, sponsoring awareness and prevention events that help make a difference for others, and focusing on projects where they can give back to their school, community, county, and causes. The past dodgeball tourneys raised funds for the Jorden Leeper Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund, the re-opening of the Webster Theater, purchasing items that helped enhance peer engagement and inclusion in the district’s special education classrooms, and more. This year the SHIFTers are raising funds to help revitalize the East Twin Park. All monies raised will be contributed to the account set-up through the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation. SHIFT Happens encourages the community to help rally for this great cause.

For more information, contact Tiffany Larson at (515) 602-6371 Extension 4 or (515) 835-1836 or email shifthappenshamco@gmail.com or tlarson@co.wright.ia.us. Registration is now open. Forms will be available in the Middle and High School offices, Mornin’Glory, inTANDEM Workspace, and additional locations. Feel free to follow the SHIFT Happens social media platforms for updates and more info.