This year, was my first year attending the annual UDodge tournament hosted by United Way and Edmonton Police Services. It took place at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The space rental, generously sponsored by Northlands, in Hall D, was a large and cavernous room big enough to host over 100 attendees and spectators in the most attended UDodge tournament to-date.
When I arrived, I walked into a high energy dodgeball competition of youth and adults throwing red foam balls at each other – while other kids and adults gathered around watching from the sidelines, benches and bleachers or waiting for their next turn to play. Two games played simultaneous, every five minutes in non-stop action. I saw a lot of smiles and heard a lot of laughter. There was some serious fun happening there!
Eleven teams competed to see who could out-dodge the other. Teams consist of four youth (from community agencies), four corporate participants (from community businesses), one Police Officer (EPS), one Northlands employee, and one United Way staff member as a team leader.