Dodge ball tournament to raise money for Springfield at-risk youth

Ryan Ray with the Salvation Army Springfield Corps gets ready for the annual dodge ball tournament. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

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Ryan Ray with the Salvation Army Springfield Corps gets ready for the annual dodge ball tournament. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

A dodge ball tournament to raise money for at-risk Springfield kids will take place in March.

The Springfield Salvation Army will host the ninth annual tournament and are now seeking players and teams. The tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3. There is a $25 per player entrance fee and the deadline to enter a six-to-10-person team is March 1 and can be done by calling 937-322-3434 and asking for Salvation Army Development Director Ryan Ray.

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“This tournament exists purely to help fund our at-risk youth programming,” Ray said. “This is a high energy, a lot of fun, enjoyable tournament and it has a greater purpose.”

The money from the event will be put toward a basketball tournament put on by the Salvation Army for at-risk kids. Ray said the basketball tournament is a positive experience and an avenue to reach those most vulnerable.

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“We target the at-risk youth here in Springfield and Clark County,” he said.

The event is a fun way to help others, Ray said.

“$25 isn’t really a ton when you think about all that it is accomplishing,” he said. “It will also get you a couple hours of fun that is unique.

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All players must be at least 15 years-old to compete. Ray said teams usually feature diverse athletic abilities and encourages anyone interested in playing to do so.

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