2016 was my year Part 2 – Dodgeball
I love playing Dodgeball, this is no secret to those who know me well. 2016 was a great Dodgeball year.
I play on two different teams and have been doing this for as long as I can remember. Sometimes, I wonder how many years I have left in me, my body gets so tired and sore but I keep going back. I love the punishment haha.
In 2016, my teams won 4 championships. My Wednesday and Thursday Teams won in the Spring seasons. One of my teams also won a Dodgeball Tournament. My beach team also won during Spring. Every season is different, sometimes we play all great teams all year and in some leagues we play a few Douchey teams, which ruin the fun aspect of it but with the teams I am on, the fun eventually prevails.
Most of my team mates I have played with for almost 10 years, in some years they were on opposing teams and we came together to form other teams. These people are friends and to varying degrees like family to me, we spend so much time together. We have been through a lot together as teams and friends, I love these people.
My Dodgeball families, when we are not having fun and trying to win games are there to support me in my biggest endeavor each year. Teddy for a Toonie Dodgeball Tournament to raise money for The Alberta Children’s Hospital.
5 tournaments now and each one so much fun and the support is amazing, we have raised close to $10,000.00 in 5 years and I am hoping the 6th year goes even better than past years. My Dodgeball family has stepped up without being asked each year. Whether it is creating schedules, organizing themes, prizes, baking cookies, creating drafts, finding teams and lifting me up when tournament 3 almost didn’t happen because I was recovering from my Heart Attack.
I could easily write an entire blog post thanking the people each by name, that is how great the support is.
Last years tournament followed the fun, raised about $1500.00 ( i cannot remember the exact # in my head right now.) , created new friendships and renewed fun rivalries. Every year there are new teams, and faces, friendly familiar faces, odd photos and each tourney is different in it’s own way. This is always a highlight of each year, all the hard work, stress leading up to the event becomes worth it on event day.
I find it hard to put into words how much all of these exciting events last year mean to me. Dodgeball in an odd way is one of my fun reasons to live, it gives me a sense of meaning, belonging and friendship and truthfully it brings me so much love, love that is not defined by status but by a common love for a sport that abuses the crap out of us haha.
Soon to come is my 2017 Teddy for a Toonie Dodgeball Tournament, I am thinking positive here and just know it will all go well and again we will come through for the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
This post may be short but it means so much in so few words. Dodgeball, my sport, my fun, my friends, a huge win in 2106 for me, even if we had not won anything. Ultimately it brings my people together and I would not change it for the world.
Next up: A muddy girl and finding love in a race.