Are you ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge? Students in 5th-12th grades, as well as families and/or community members, are invited to participate in the Annual Dodge For A Cause Dodgeball Tournament, sponsored by SHIFT (Students Helping Impact Future Teens) Happens. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 23, 2018 (with a back-up date set for March 23, 2018 in case of inclement weather). Check-in starts at 5:30pm, with the “first throw” following at 6:00pm. The event will be returning to Jeff Gym, located at the Webster City Middle School (1101 Des Moines Street) in Webster City. Teams of 8-10 members per team are welcome, and registration is only $5 per participant (or $50 per team).
There will be three (3) tournament brackets again this year; Middle School (5th-8th grades), High School (9th-12th grades), and a Community/Family Combo bracket. Any 5th-12th grade student in Hamilton County, as well as families, businesses, non-profit or civic groups, or community members are invited to pick their team, choose their theme, dress it up, and participate in this fun, substance-free event. Individuals may also support the cause by coming to the tournament, sponsoring a team, donating door prizes, or purchasing t-shirts. Admission for spectators will be free-will-donation. All funds raised will go toward the launching of a Youth Mentoring Program in the community. Webster City Rotary After Hours will be partnering on the SHIFT Happens efforts this year, as their February Civic Project! An added perk is the option to challenge a team. Want to play against your rival on the court? Want to challenge another family, group, or business? We can do our best to make that happen. Send a “Dodgeball Throwdown Challenge” via Social Media by following the rules on our Facebook page.
SHIFT Happens focuses on making an IMPACT in the community by helping teens be Above the Influence, and sponsoring awareness and prevention events that help make a difference for others. It is coordinated by the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families.  Several events were held over the last eight years to increase awareness in the community on various prevention topics, including alcohol and other drugs. The past dodgeball tourneys raised funds for the Jorden Leeper Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund, the re-opening of the Webster Theater, SHIFT Happens to offer substance-free youth activities, and to purchase items that increase peer engagement and inclusion in the special education classrooms throughout the school district. This year the SHIFTers are raising funds that will assist a local collaborative positively IMPACT youth in the community. Youth want positive, authentic youth-adult connections. By training adults in the community to serve as mentors for adolescents, the program is not only bridging a gap; but also helping to build happy, healthy, independent, and successful children and families in a community where all youth are able to thrive. SHIFT Happens encourages the community to help rally for this great cause!
Questions? Want to know how to register? Call Tiffany Larson at 515.602.6371 x4, or email Registration forms are available in the Webster City Middle School and Webster City High School offices, Mornin’ Glory, & inTANDEM Workspace. Online registration opens 1/31/18 at T-shirts are also being sold for $15 ($18 for plus sizes), with proceeds going to the cause. Stay up to date by following SHIFT Happens on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,  or our website.

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