The first tournament ever hosted by PlayMakers, a student run charity organization at Brock University, was a dodgeball tournament three years ago. On March 11 of this year, PlayMakers hosted their third annual dodgeball tournament.
“PlayMakers originally started with a dodgeball tournament and from there we grew and organized more tournaments,” said founder of PlayMakers and fourth year Sport Management student Adham Shama. “With this tournament we wanted to do two different initiatives.”
For every tournament PlayMakers hosts, they choose an initiative to which all the money raised goes. For this dodgeball tournament, PlayMakers set two different initiatives, where the money raised was split fifty-fifty.
Their first initiative was to send money to Jamaica, as one ofthe vice-presidents of PlayMakers mother is traveling to during the summer. On behalf of PlayMakers, the mother will be using the money to buy school supplies, rather than the traditional purchase of sporting equipment that PlayMakers usually donates. With the currency being better in Canada than Jamaica, PlayMakers hopes to be able to buy an ample amount of school supplies, along with food and clothing.
Their second initiative is for a school in Pakistan. One of PlayMakers members’ father and brother started a school in Pakistan for a less privileged area in the country. The school is there to teach children English, among other educational classes. PlayMakers will be purchasing sporting goods for this initiative so the kids can learn and play.
The dodgeball tournament is the fourth tournament PlayMakers has hosted this school year. They had a soccer, basketball and volleyball tournament earlier this year, where they raised over $1,000 at each event.
The dodgeball tournament had 15 total teams and they were all put into three groups of five for round robin play. The teams would play 20 minute rounds, and teams would get a point for every game of dodgeball they won.
For the third straight year Waba Waba Warthogs were crowned champions of the PlayMakers dodgeball tournament, as the team was awarded Toronto Blue Jay tickets. Nonos Balisgna was the runner-up.
The final PlayMakers tournament of the year will be on March 20, as they will host the first ever football tournament at Brock (or at least the first that anyone can recall).
“We normally have our tournaments on Friday, but the weather is going to be amazing on [Sunday],” said Shama. “We are hoping everything works out and teams come out. We have never had a football tournament and Brock is undefeated for 51 years. We have to make it happen.”
The flag football tournament will take place at Alumni Field and PlayMakers will have another two initiatives for this event. All proceeds will go towards those initiatives.
This will also be the final tournament Shama will be hosting as a student at Brock as he is set to graduate. Shama has mentioned many times how he plans to keep PlayMakers alive, and hopes to return to Brock next year to continue running different events.
You can sign-up a team for the flag football tournament up until March 17, as PlayMakers sign-up table is normally located at Walker Complex (near the change rooms). This tournament will give students the opportunity to be crowned the first football champion at Brock in the school’s 51 year history.
To get in touch with PlayMakers, you can like their Facebook page or visit their website playmakersfoundation.com. To keep up to date of when the flag football sign-ups begin and for other news on PlayMakers, follow their Snapchat playmakersfdn.