Community Members Team Up with At-Risk Youth

Fifth annual UDodge tournament

Edmonton, Alberta – April 3, 2014. It was raining red dodgeballs at Northlands Expo Centre, Hall C on Thursday at the fifth annual UDodge tournament. The community dodgeball tournament was created through a collaborative partnership between the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, with the goal of building relationships between youth and mentors.
EPS sees the benefit in supporting UDodge as a way to connect with youth, establish positive relationships and open the door to mentorship. This can have a profound impact on at-risk youth and their future success. “Throughout the day, barriers are broken down and relationships are built,” says EPS Sergeant Michelle Horchuk. “We all leave the tournament with a new understanding and respect for others in the community.”
United Way’s Senior Vice-President, Allan Undheim, welcomed participants to the competition. “United Way believes in this community and the power of our collective action. Today, you have made the choice to be part of that action – to contribute to the health and well-being of every individual in this community. Thank you for choosing to be here today.”
Eleven mixed teams of youth and adult players, played for their chance of being named to 2014 UDodge champions. “We are thrilled to have so many more teams this year,” says UDodge Coordinator, Jenn Dermott. “Last year, we had seven teams, so interest is growing. It’s great to see our community’s commitment to youth.”
Participating teams include youth and corporate community members who represent ATB Financial, Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, Compugen, the Edmonton Police Service, Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, Enbridge, Enterprise Holdings, FIRMA Foreign Exchange, Imperial Oil, Inland Cement, Northlands, PWC Canada, REACH Edmonton, Saavia, Stantec, Teggler Youth Centre and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

About UDodge
UDodge is a community-based project supported by the Edmonton Police Service and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. It was created to connect youth and adults, to encourage cross-peer interaction and community spirit through play.
Contact: Jenn Dermott
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
Tel. 780-394-1221