Devastating weather inspired Dublin high school students to look beyond their own city when selecting beneficiaries for the Dublin City School District's 11th dodgeball fundraiser.
This year's tournament will be held at 7 p.m. April 6 in Dublin Scioto High School, 4000 Hard Road.
Janelle Gans, a senior at Coffman High School, said the dodgeball student committee decided to expand the fundraiser's contributions beyond Ohio this year because of recent weather calamities.
Students decided to donate part of the dodgeball proceeds to provide hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, which was hit in September by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Even though residents' efforts to rebuild might no longer be in the news cycle, they still require support, said Todd Hoadley, Dublin City School District superintendent.
"It's really inspiring to see our students put forth all this hard work to raise money for these great charities," Hoadley said.
The two other charities students selected are Dublin Bridges and the 3rd & Goal Foundation.
Dublin Bridges is a nonprofit charity that connects people with community organizations such as Welcome Warehouse and the Dublin Rotary organization to determine what needs community members have.
The organization was modeled after Neighborhood Bridges of Westerville.
The 3rd & Goal Foundation was founded by Brady Quinn, a Coffman graduate who played college football at Notre Dame before moving on to play for several teams in the NFL.
His foundation helps veterans in need of homes and home improvements.
A portion of money raised also will benefit the Memorial Scholarship funds of Scioto students Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello, who died in a November 2009 car accident.
Each year, a student advisory group comprised of two students from each grade level at Coffman, Scioto and Jerome high schools selects beneficiaries and prepares for the dodgeball event, Hoadley said.
"Our students run this event completely," he said. "It's their hard work and effort that has raised all of those dollars."
Since its inception, the dodgeball tournament has raised more than $130,000 for nonprofit organizations, Hoadley said.
Each year, the district has a goal of raising $15,000 the night of the dodgeball tournament, he said.
That figure doesn't include the money individual schools raise during playoffs before the main event.
Hoadley said as much as $12,000 is raised at Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools during playoff tournaments.