Paonia High School's second Wounded Warrior Dodgeball Tournament, held Dec. 11, raised roughly $800, which will go to Outdoors Alive. According to Terry Commander of Outdoors Alive, the non-profit provides assistance to the wives and families of fallen soldiers.
Commander said the money will be used locally and will go to the organization's Wounded Warrior Brothers in Arms hunting program, with additional funds going to help families after the holidays have ended.
In its first year the tournament raised more than $1,600 for Outdoors Alive.
"I love what Paonia High School has done for this program," said Commander.
Ten teams, made up of high school students, teachers and community members, competed for the championship and bragging rights for a year. Teams adopted warrior-related names, including the Average Joes, Flame On, Homework Heroes and Rancher Warriors. The all-student White Lightning team — Kai Maulhardt, Jack Bair, Morgan Hartigan, Easton Hartigan, Jazmine Gomez, Emily Pieper and Jason Sturgis — won the tournament and will be treated this April to a prime rib dinner at the Outdoors Alive annual banquet.
A "Warriors Wall," featuring photos of veterans submitted by the public, was also featured, and a bake sale contributed to the night's totals.
"There were smiles all around the gym," said event organizer and PHS English teacher Kriss Allen, who is already looking to add more competitors and events to next year's tournament. Allen credited the numerous volunteers who worked to make the event a success, and to the many people who brought baked goods. "It was a great evening for a great cause," said Allen.blog comments powered by Disqus