Dodge for a cause: Dana and Belmont Hill battle it out on court

Dodgeballs were flying in Shipley Gym on Friday night, May 8, as Dana Hall and Belmont Hill engaged in a lively tournament to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In the name of charity, the two schools played five fierce rounds of dodgeball as well as participated in a team costume challenge.

Dana Hall’s Raya Husami ’16 and Katie Skillman ’16 of the Community Service Advisory Board (CSAB), along with Chris Bryne and Andrew Wilkins of Belmont Hill’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club, organized the event. The 16 teams, 96 people total, raised just under a thousand dollars.

CSAB hosts a dodgeball tournament annually, but this is the first time Dana Hall has partnered with Belmont Hill. Teams could be composed entirely of students from one school, or three girls could partner with three boys. The second option was more popular, and Husami said jokingly, “We ran out of boys for a while.”

Kat Elliot ’17, who was on an all-girl team called the Dodgeballables, says, “it was fun day because I got to hang out with all of my friends, but I got to compete with all my guy friends as well.”

It was a friendly, but competitive evening. Students from Belmont Hill were doing dynamic stretches, and Sarah Gallaghan ’16 says the event attracted her because she is really “competitive” and “likes to go all out.” Gallaghan was a part of the team that dressed up as “The Incredibles,” which won best costume.

Indeed it was an evening of “good energy and good food,” says Susanna Maheras ’16.

Dodgeball #3The event, which took a month and a half of planning, was a great success compared to past years, and Husami credits this to word of mouth. She says, “social media is a way to spread [news] to the people you don’t know, but if you tell two people, and they tell other people, it’s better.” She also hopes that the pictures posted online will encourage students from both Dana Hall and Belmont Hill to attend the dodgeball tournament in future years.

Skillman says the tournament will continue to be a staple event because “it’s a fun way to bring two communities together, all in the name of service.” In the future, CSAB may consider including the Dana Hall Middle School as well.

Photo credit: Rachel Bortman.


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