Dodgeball supports Salvation Army at-risk youth program

More than 20 teams are expected to participate in a dodgeball tournament hosted by the Salvation Army Springfield Corps next month.

This year will mark the organization’s 10th annual dodgeball tournament, which is scheduled for March 16.

All proceeds for the event go to the Springfield Salvation Army’s at-risk youth basketball tournament in October, according to Ryan Ray, director of development with The Salvation Army of Springfield.

“We are looking forward to hosting a lot of teams… and competing for a very great cause,” Ray said.

Jim Scoby, Wittenberg University sports commentator, will be the announcer for the event.

The tournament will also include a battle between school mascots.

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken is the tournament’s major sponsor, said Ray. Additional sponsors include Hauck Bros., Stuckey & Troutwine CPAs, Los Mariachis and TRIEC Electrical Services, he said.

“If we didn’t have this particular fundraiser, what we do for the at-risk youth event in October probably wouldn’t be possible, Ray said. “This is about kids, ultimately.”

The first and second-place teams will receive a T-shirt and trophy. The overall champions will receive six gift cards from local businesses as well as cupcakes from Sweet Bee’s Bakery.

Teams should consist of at least six players. Players must be at least 15 years of age. Team registration will be accepted through Wednesday, March 13. Businesses are encouraged to participate as a team.

Registration costs $25 per player. Payment fees are due on the morning of the tournament.

“Know that your entry fee is not only going to get you at least two games of dodgeball, but it’s also going to go (toward) a greater purpose,” Ray said.

To register for the dodgeball tournament, contact Ryan Ray at 937-244-5262 or

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