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Dodgeball is the name of the game for Baltimore students raising funds, awarenes

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Who else but high school students would use a dodgeball tournament to raise money and awareness? But as was recently seen, in two separate tournaments, Baltimore private school students did just that.

Dodge for a Cure – Outstanding Results!

At Boys' Latin (BL), more 450 students from BL and a dozen other private and public schools came together for Dodge for a Cure, a dodgeball tournament that raised funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States.

The event, coordinated by BL senior Josh Hamburger and Upper School History Teacher Adam Osborn of the school's Great Strides Club worked with student groups from Bryn Mawr, Calvert Hall, Friends, Garrison Forest, Gilman, Notre Dame Prep, RPCS, St. Paul’s School for Boys, St. Paul’s School for Girls, Towson, and Loyola High School. The event raised over $5,000, and was especially meaningful for several students who are directly impacted by the disease.

Who else but high school students would use a dodgeball tournament to raise money and awareness?

According to a BL news release, "The boys and girls – whether decked out in costume or simply taking a gratuitous shot at an innocent by-stander – not only had a great time with one another but really helped to foster a spirit of community-wide service and engagement. It was a great cause and a fun event for all!"

The Great Strides Club will be participating in the annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk on Sunday, May 5, at 9 am at Hunt Valley Towne Centre.

Dodge for Love

Dodge for Love was the name of the game at Notre Dame Prep (NDP) as students continued a tradition of honoring alumna Yeardley Love, a victim of relationship violence. The dodgeball tournament, now in it's third year, included 60 teams of eight students from NDP and area schools. Some 150 spectators cheered for their favorite teams, based on name, costume and talent. Among the teams who competed were "The John Harballz" and "Dodge Bless America."

Participants and spectators at the tournament were encouraged to download the One Love Foundation's Danger Assessment app, the cornerstone of the Be 1 for Change campaign, which is working to educate, create awareness and provide resources for 16-24 year-olds, the high-risk group for relationship violence. The campaign draws attention to the issue of relationship violence through a public service announcement (PSA) and the use of a free, anonymous, downloadable Danger Assessment app for use on smart phones. Both tools appeal to and are easily navigated by the young, target demographic. The PSA encourages people--friends, parents, teammates, and coaches--to speak up and not make excuses for violent behavior.

Click here to download the mobile app to your iPhone or Android, or to take the assessment online.