by Melissa S. Treacy
Dodgeballs were flying in the Central Campus gymnasium on Nov. 25, where 84 players and spectators raised $500 for student scholarships during a Dodgeball Tournament hosted by Montgomery County Community College’s Exercise Science and Wellness (ESW) program.
Fifty students from Dr. Anne Livezey and Amanda Wooldridge’s Introduction to Exercise Science and Wellness (ESW 102) classes coordinated the event from start to finish as part of the program’s service learning component.
“The students were responsible for planning, marketing and day-of implementation for tournament and the fund-raising effort for the ESW Scholarship fund,” said Wooldridge, who is co-coordinator of the ESW program along with Livezey. “They also coordinated a concession stand and raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses!”
Adam Kierstan was one of those students busy planning for the big day.
“The whole event was planned by the ESW classes. Class members worked by selling food, refereeing, and working the brackets,” he explained. “An event like this gives the students an opportunity to be highly competitive, win prizes and socialize. The good that comes from this event is that proceeds will go to deserving ESW students and help them along in their educational goals.”
“It is wonderful to see our students plan and implement an event such as this!” she said. “It is a great learning experience, as well as an opportunity to raise money for a great cause. From a faculty perspective, it is great to see the students think creatively and work together to ensure the event will be a success.”