Every spring, the entire community comes together at Dublin Scioto High School to support local worthy causes by participating in a district-wide dodgeball tournament.
That tradition will continue April 4 with the seventh annual Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Championships at 7 p.m., in Dublin Scioto.
The event is planned and run by the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee, consisting of eight student representatives from each of our three high schools.
This year, the event will benefit Riverside Elementary School student Emma Dickman and her family and the Dublin Special Olympics program.
Emma is the daughter of staff members Steve Dickman (Dublin Jerome High School) and Amanda Dickman (Karrer Middle School).
Emma was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy when she was an infant.
She has had to use a wheelchair during her young life, but in 2012 her family began a quest to get Emma walking.
They have pursued the latest medical treatments, including surgeries and physical therapy at significant expense.
By attending the dodgeball tournament, you can support Emma's dream to walk.
For the second consecutive year, the Dublin Special Olympics will also receive some of the proceeds from the tournament.
The mission of Dublin Special Olympics is to offer year-round high quality sports training and competitions for athletes in our district who have developmental disabilities.
This program is in its second year and has been enthusiastically received by our community.
A portion of the funds will also benefit the Memorial Scholarship Funds of Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello, two Scioto students who died in an auto accident in November 2009.
To date, the tournament has raised more than $64,000 for worthy causes.
The entrance fee is $25 per team, but the Central Office/Board of Education team will be donating more to this year's causes.
The Central Office/Board team challenges all adult staff teams to also donate beyond the $25 entrance fee.
Teams consist of 6 to 10 players, with six players on the court at one time.
The tournament will be a single-elimination competition and consist of five divisions.
The divisions are elementary (fourth- and fifth-graders), middle school, high school girls, high school boys and adults.
We are accepting entries of one student team per elementary school, and two student teams per middle school.
Boys and girls can play on the same team. A maximum of four girls teams and four boys teams from each high school can enter the tournament.
The winning teams will be awarded the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Championship trophy that currently resides at the schools of last year's champions.
Spectator admission to the tournament is $5. This year's tournament will also feature a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Dublin Education Foundation.
Make plans to bring the entire family for a night of friendly competition, camaraderie and fundraising for these great causes.
Dublin City School District Treasurer Stephen Osborne submitted the School Notes column.