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Dodgeball to help mental health programs for vets

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 11:58 a.m. CDT
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(Curtis Clegg – cclegg@shawmedia.com)
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 in November 2012 during the seventh annual Ben Gordon Dodgeball Tournament at DeKalb High School.

DeKALB – Veterans will be the primary beneficiaries of the money raised by the Ben Gordon Center during this year's dodgeball tournament at DeKalb High School.

"We have decided to put a focus on veterans health care to help them know that Ben Gordon Center is there," said Michelle LaPage, director of development and marketing.

This will be the eighth annual dodgeball tournament hosted by Ben Gordon Center, which has provided a variety of mental health and substance abuse programs to the community since 1968. The center has about 40 counselors and therapists.

Teams of six to 10 players in six divisions will compete in double-elimination play. All teams can be either single gender or coed, with age divisions beginning at fourth grade. 

Northern Illinois University's ROTC Huskie Battalion will help officiate the tournament.

The tournament will be Nov. 9. The early bird registration fee of $125 per team has been extended through Thursday in the adult and business divisions, and the fee is $150 from Nov. 1 through the registration deadline Nov. 6. For information, visit www.bgcdodgeball.com.

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