by Robert Gardner (Liberal Studies)
Exercise Science and Wellness (ESW) majors hosted a dodgeball tournament to help raise over $625 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer on April 16. The tournament, held at the Physical Education Center, was the brainchild of students of Assistant Professor Dr. Anne Livezey and Lecturer Amanda Woolridge.
Service learning projects are an important part of the ESW program. Students become familiar with aspects of planning, organizing, and implementing large events. By managing multiple moving parts, they learn to be flexible while keeping the end goal in focus.
In addition, students discover the fulfillment of supporting a worthy cause. They took a vote, and for the second consecutive semester chose Alex’s. According to Dr Livezey, the students stepped up to the task of organizing and fundraising.
“They set up tables in Parkhouse, ATC, and College Hall, and gave out lemonade and popcorn, prior to the event to generate interest,” she said.
“They really got out there and found businesses to participate,” said Woolridge. “Buxmont Soccer donated Players Edge cards. New Life Thrift Store, the Spinnerstown Hotel—these businesses had not been part of past events.”
Students also solicited donations from their employers. Chris Panettieri provided a gift card from Trader Joe’s, and Phil Masturzo furnished movie passes courtesy of Frank Theaters. Donations were also made by Andy’s Diner, Chick Fil-A, Foot Locker and Wawa. Donated gift cards were raffled off the day of the tournament.
Students Kassie Vogt and Geena Carmoniti sold raffle tickets and registered teams. They also made t-shirts for the winners. Atticus Massari and Chris Popolizio manned the concessions tables, selling pizza, hot dogs, and other snacks. Ciara Marble handed out flyers around campus.
Intense action on the dodgeball court punctuated a successful campaign for not only the winning team, but also for the students, faculty, and administrators who made the event happen. In the end, fun was had by all, a project was completed and an important cause was supported!
Donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand can still be made through the Tournament website at www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/81190.
Photos by Matt Carlin