By AUSTIN KOELLER
KEARNEY – UNK students and Kearney-area residents have the opportunity to dodge, dip, dive and duck when Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) hosts its eighth annual Dodgeball Tournament at 6:30 p.m. March 12 in Cushing Coliseum.
The tournament at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will consist of between five and six players per team. Registration is $35 per team. Profits from the tournament and a prize raffle will benefit AOII’s international philanthropy, arthritis research.
“It is a nonprofit, which not only educates people about arthritis, but raises awareness for it and often helps patients and people who are diagnosed with arthritis with their rehab,” Jillian Stoumbaugh, a member of AOII said.
“Our goal is to make a record $5,000 and register 45 teams. This year we are definitely hoping for it to be the most successful.”
The overall first-place team in the tournament will win $300. However, Stoumbaugh said the event is not just about athleticism and winning.
“It’s more of an event that everyone can participate in,” Stoumbaugh said. “We don’t want to make it feel like it’s just an athletic event because we want people of all athletic abilities to be there.”
In addition to the $300 first-place prize, the sorority will give a movie pack consisting of the movie “Dodgeball,” candy and popcorn to the each member of the best-dressed team. A bowling package to Big Apple Fun Center will be given to the team with the best sportsmanship.
Raffle tickets will be sold for additional prizes, including: Denver Broncos tickets, Kearney Crossfit memberships, a hotel stay, and numerous gift cards to area restaurants and retail shops.
For more information or to sign up for the event, contact Stoumbaugh at 303-905-4839. Alpha Omicron Pi also will have sign-up booths in the Nebraskan Student Union and Health and Sports Center in the days leading up to the tournament.
Source: Jillian Stoumbaugh, 303-905-4839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Austin Koeller, 308.865.8529