2017 Dodgeball tournament to support three local causes

The Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation was started in April 2012 by Jenny Rozanski and Chris Weaver. Capt. Nick Rozanski (Jenny’s husband) grew up in Dublin and is a 1994 graduate of Dublin High School. He died of combat injuries on April 4, 2012 while serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. His foundation strives to leave a legacy of giving back to the community through scholarships to local students and veterans, grants to military and veteran organizations and through community education initiatives. Over the past 4 years, the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation has given away $12,000 to Dublin high school students and $6,000 to children of Ohio Army National Guard soldiers.

Welcome Warehouse serves people in the Dublin City School District who are struggling to meet basic needs because of job loss, underemployment, health crises, or other challenges. Families are referred to Welcome Warehouse by Dublin City Schools' guidance counselors, local clergy, or other local social service organizations. Welcome Warehouse programs and services include: Welcome Warehouse Free Shop, Welcome Warehouse Mobile Free Shops, Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program, Emergency Household Assistance, Bed Donation Program, and Back-To-School Outreach.

The Driven Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2008 by former NFL and Ohio State University Football teammates Roy Hall and Antonio Smith. Driven’s infrastructure is built on three core principles; perseverance (never give up), resilience (get back up), and assistance (help others up). Through specialized events, outreach projects, and programs, the Driven foundation combats community and individual shortcomings, while simultaneously fulfilling its mission. Driven uses its platform for a purpose; to assist in solving various community challenges.

A portion of the funds will also benefit the Memorial Scholarship Funds of Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello, two Dublin Scioto students who died tragically in November of 2009.

“Our annual dodgeball tournament has become a unifying community event, raising more than $110,000 since its inception,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “The students on my committee were extremely thoughtful as they discussed this year’s possible beneficiaries, ultimately landing on extremely worthy organizations. We hope our entire community will join us on April 7.”

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.

You can follow the latest tournament news on Twitter @DublinDodgeball.

Teams consist of 6-10 players, with six players per team on the court at one time. The winning teams will be awarded the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Championship trophy that currently resides at the schools of last year’s champions.

We will again have student and adult divisions of the tournament. Student teams will be selected at the school building level.

If your adult team would like to compete on April 7, please RSVP to [email protected] no later than Friday, March 24.

Admission to the tournament is $5 and 100% of all proceeds go to this year’s beneficiaries.

Get your team dodgeball T-Shirts from the Dublin Business Academy. T-Shirts are $10, with $4 from each shirt purchased being donated to the fundraising efforts of the event. Orders are due by Friday, March 17. For details and order information please visit: http://www.dublinschools.net/dodgeball.aspx.

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