by Kara Thompson ‘20
Project Change, a club here at Sherwood known for empowering students to be agents of positive change within their communities, has a tradition of hosting a dodgeball tournament in Sherwood’s gym to raise money for a local charity or business. This year, the tournament will be held on Sunday, March 18, from 5-8 pm, and the group will be collecting money for an organization called Hero Dogs.
Hero Dogs is a nonprofit corporation that helps raise and train service dogs that are later partnered with veterans, free of charge. The dogs are trained to assist vets with special needs, such as physical disabilities and mental health conditions, among other things. This program helps vets in their everyday lives with normal activities, as well as provides comfort and companionship to them.
“This is our sixth tournament here at Sherwood,” says club sponser Katie Johnson. “We hope to get as many people as we can involved to support Hero Dogs.” Johnson is the program manager of Project Change, and hosts meetings in the counseling office at Sherwood every other Thursday.
“I think the tournament is a great way to come together as a community and have fun for a good cause. I personally have volunteered at the organization Hero Dogs, so to be able to raise money for it feels good.” said sophomore and vice president Adina Brenner.
If you want to participate in this fun event for a great cause, you can get a group of ten friends together and pick up a registration packet from the counseling office starting on Thursday, March 1. The cost to participate is $3 per person ($30 a team) to participate, and the rest of the information for the event can be found in the packets. Clubs and sports teams are encouraged to create their own teams and play as well. If you’re not a fan of dodgeball, but you still want to support the cause, come cheer on your peers and friends in the stands. Admission for spectators is $3, and concessions will be sold throughout the event.