Dodgeball tournament raises $1,300 for veterans

By Tamie Meck

Dodgeball tournament raises $1,300 for veterans | Dodgeball, Paonia

Photo submitted The Dodgefathers dodgeball team won the Dec. 10 Wounded Warrior Dodgeball Tournament trophy. The trophy was made in 2012 by former PHS student Jamie Reed. This year's tournament raised more than $1,300 for Outdoors Alive in Somerset. More

Disabled veterans will have more local opportunities to enjoy the area's outdoor opportunities after receiving more than $1,300 from the Dec. 10 Wounded Warrior Dodgeball tournament at Paonia High School. The annual event has raised more than $5,500 since it began in 2012, according to event organizer Kriss Allen.

Dodgeball teams were made up of both students and community members, playing under names like The Dirty Dodgers, Team 'Merica, The Wounded Ranchers, The Touchdown Club, Who Let the Dodge Out, Black Mambas, the High School Has Beens, the Underdodge, and the 'Merican Warriors. This year's winning team was "The Dodgefathers." The dream team included Austin Katzer, Jeramiah Hillman, Emily Pieper, Sophia Anderson, Cheyanna Christian, Bo Piper and Taylor Walters.

The non-profit Outdoors Alive organization is located in Somerset and was founded in 2007 to provide and promote safe outdoor recreation to disabled persons of all ages, the under-privileged, and military personnel. According to its website,, "Our primary goal is safe enjoyment of outdoor recreation. Outdoors Alive is committed to giving people the knowledge needed to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and to introduce outdoor recreation to people who might otherwise never experience it."

One of their successful programs is Brothers in Arms, held at the Buck Creek Ranch Hunting Camp.

The dodgeball event included a live auction of items donated by Beth Allen, Ricky Sparks, Renee Adams, the Hayden Family, Lisa Richards, Sally Hurr, Lorna Hughes, Avery Austin, Karla Head, Patty Thomas, Allen Ranches, Campbell Ranches, Steve and Wendy Kossler and the Paonia Booster Club.