Jeremiah School hosts 'DodgeBRAWL' fundraiser

Jonathan Roberts • Updated Sep 28, 2019 at 9:24 PM

Though it’s not the most traditional school fundraiser, the Jeremiah School’s “DodgeBRAWL” tournament is quickly becoming one of the most exciting.

“This is a good way to get the word out, as well as have some fun — it’s good to have a fundraiser where a lot of people come and have a good time,” school Principal Jo Cullen said.

Twelve teams took to the basketball courts at Memorial Park Community Center with one thing one the mind: Win.

“It’s exciting, this is our second year and to come back as reigning champions is good, and of course it’s all for a good cause,” said Indian Trail team captain John Hunter, whose team entered the playing courts carrying their championship trophy from 2018.

“Jeremiah School impacts our community in a great way and serves a need where there wasn’t anyone else prior,” Hunter said of the school, which provides education to children with autism who struggle to learn in a traditional class setting.

Amy Lowe, the school’s executive director, said getting such strong community support is “amazing.”

“The support is great, because we do need to come together,” Lowe said. “It really makes a huge difference (for the kids) when you know that you have someone out there kind of cheering you on.

“It makes a huge difference, especially in the lives of our students,” Lowe added.

Last year the inaugural “DodgeBRAWL” tournament raised over $9,000 for the school. This year, Cullen said any increase in funds raised would be “great,” but $15,000 would be “wonderful,” adding that the community has been “generous.”

“We hope every year we grow, but it’s really about having fun, and getting Jeremiah School out into the community,” Cullen said.

Next year, Lowe is hoping to see upward of 20 teams register for the area’s only dodgeball tournament, while Cullen says the event will continue to grow so long as people are having fun.

“It’s really great, and people keep coming up to me saying, ‘This is really fun,’ so if you’ve got people having fun, they’ll come back next year,” Cullen said. “It’s fantastic.”

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