If you can dodge a wrench …
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Marni Barton figured a fundraiser for Roaring Fork School District Re-1’s athletic training programs should be centered around some sort of athletic activity.
The activity she came up with: dodgeball.
Thursday night at Glenwood Springs High School, Barton will stage the All-Valley Championship, a dodgeball tournament featuring teams from Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Roaring Fork high schools. Play begins at 6:30 p.m.
Proceeds from admission fees ($1 for adults and 50 cents for children) and a 6 p.m. spaghetti dinner ($6 per person) benefit the aforementioned high schools’ athletic training programs.
“With all the budget cuts, if I can do something to try to ease how much money I’m using, it’s kind of nice,” said Barton, Glenwood Springs High School’s athletic trainer.
She wanted to bring a unique event to the fundraising table – and something that promotes activity.
“I wanted to do something where people are actually moving and doing something,” Barton explained. “The kids in P.E. always have fun playing dodgeball, so why not have a dodgeball tournament and raise some money?”
Even the faculty at Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools are getting into it. Teacher teams from each school will also square off Thursday.
Student teams from Basalt and Glenwood earned their way to the All-Valley Championship by battling out in sub-tourneys at their respective schools. Roaring Fork had no intra-school tourney, opting instead to assemble a pair of teams to bring to Glenwood.
Barton is looking forward to a spirited night of dodgeball, and it’s something she aims to keep going for years to come.
“We can’t let this not continue,” she said. “It’s so much fun for us to do out at the high school. Everyone’s had fun with it. I think it’s something we could easily keep going.”
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