Edmonton, Alberta – April 1, 2015. The sound of whizzing dodgeballs could be heard for miles at Northlands Expo Centre Hall F, for United Way’s sixth 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 event as a way to connect with youth, by establishing positive relationships and building potential mentorship opportunities. “This event can have a profound impact on at-risk youth and their future success. It’s always great to see all the fun being had and relationships being formed,” says EPS Sergeant Michelle Horchuk. “We all leave the tournament with a new understanding for each other and greater respect for community.”
United Way’s Senior Vice-President, Allan Undheim and City Councillor, Scott McKeen welcomed participants to the competition. “As a community we are stronger together and benefit from each other’s support,” says Undheim. “By choosing to be here today, you are contributing to the health and wellness of our community.”
Ten teams made up of youth and adult players, vied for their chance of being named to 2015 UDodge champions. “It’s great to see so many of the same faces coming back year after year,” says UDodge Coordinator, Jenn Dermott. “It shows that people really feel that this event is making an impact in their lives.”
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, Enbridge, Enterprise Holdings, Epcor, FIRMA Foreign Exchange, Imperial Oil, Northlands, PWC Canada, Saavia, Teggler Youth Centre and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.
UDodge is a community-based event 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.
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