This Saturday, April 14th, is AOII’s Strike Out Juvenile Arthritis Dodgeball Tournament! The event will be at noon on the campus green and team registration will be during lunch and dinner in Hodson from April 9th-13th. They will be having FREE Chick-Fil-a for all participating team members and the first four teams to sign up with get a free sweat wrist band. So, make sure you sign up sooner than later! T-shirts are also being sold for the event and are $20, but if you make a team you can get one for $16. The theme this year is vintage gym class so get your tube socks ready!
Virginia Parker, AOII Philanthropy Chair, gave me a run-down of their philanthropy and the dodgeball event.
“Juvenile Arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States…nobody knows what the causes of juvenile arthritis are, which is why funding for research is crucial” says Parker. All the proceeds from the event will go to the Arthritis Foundation to help in the research efforts. While there is no cure for juvenile arthritis, remission is possible if diagnosed early.
They chose a Dodgeball Tournament because the game is a staple in gym classes across America, however kids with juvenile arthritis have a difficult time participating in physical activities. The tournament serves as a reminder of the importance to raise money for kids with JA so that they, “can get out and play just like us at the tournament” says Parker.
Make sure to stop in Hodson this week to register your team and support AOII and the Arthritis Foundation! Don’t forget that you can still purchase a t-shirt even if you cannot attend the tournament. Hopefully we will see you all on the courts this Saturday!
Photo Credit: AOII