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Ready, set ... dodgeball

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 10:05 a.m. CDT
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Shade Dern of Bartlett with the Christ Community Church of St. Charles team scrambles to gather dodgeballs for himself and his teammates at the start of a game during the 7th annual Ben Gordon Dodgeball Tournament at DeKalb High School on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
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Amy Erlenbusch of DeKalb with the Midwest Orthopaedic Institute Bonecrushers throws a ball during the 7th annual Ben Gordon Center Dodgeball Tournament at DeKalb High School on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
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Mike Kuhn, 16, of Genoa with the Hauser-Ross Eye Institute team gets bombarded by dodgeballs during the 7th annual Ben Gordon Center Dodgeball Tournament at DeKalb High School on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
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J.T. Murphy, 10, of the Village of Lakewood holds a dodgeball while cheering for his dad, Terry Murphy, on the "Ed's Minions" team during the 7th annual Ben Gordon Center Dodgeball Tournament at DeKalb High School on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
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Chris Weerts of Grayslake, left, and Danny Takla of Lake Zurich wear all pink for Team Hope during the 7th annual Ben Gordon Center Dodgeball Tournament at DeKalb High School on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Team Hope won the tournament's "best dressed" trophy for the third consecutive year.

DeKALB – Danny Takla came to the dodgeball tournament at DeKalb High School on Saturday, Nov. 3 with one goal.

“We got the best-dressed award two years in a row and we are going for three,” the Lake Zurich resident said. His team, Team Hope, dressed in all-pink shirts, shorts and necklaces, and some members wore pink wristbands or socks to support breast cancer awareness.

The team was awarded this year’s best-dressed trophy.

A total of 29 teams competed in the 2012 dodgeball tournament, the seventh annual event hosted by Ben Gordon Center to raise funds for mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment services for people in DeKalb County. The teams played on four courts in the double-elimination tournament.

Ken Doubler, past chairman of the board of Ben Gordon Center, has been a part of the tournament since its inception.

“It just kind of took off after the first year,” Doubler said. The center’s CEO, Michael Flora, said they decided to host a dodgeball tournament because they “were looking for something new and innovative” for a fundraising event.

The day started with dodgeball games for children before the tournament began. Teens and adults competed in two categories.

“The business division teams are local but the adult teams are more serious about the leagues,” said Michelle LaPage, development director at Ben Gordon Center.

Shade Dern of Bartlett played with Super Best Friends from Christ Community Church in St. Charles. He said that the team hosts open gyms every Thursday night.

“It’s mostly community members, and a few church members,” Dern said, adding that the open gyms are free for anyone to attend. Super Best Friends won first place in the adult division.

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