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Dodgeballin' for Kids Huge Success

Brenna Riley '12
Student Life Editor
May 12, 2011

On Saturday April 30 Durfee graduate Robert Costa hosted Dodgeballin’ for Kids in the Luke Urban Field House at Durfee High School. The event, which started as a class project for Costa, raised money for the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River. With over 150 players and almost 500 people in the crowd, the event was a major success.

Participating in the tournament were children and adults aged 11 and older, which included two student teams from Durfee as well as several other teams created by Durfee alumni. Bystanders in the crowd included Mayor Will Flanagan, State Representative Kevin Aguiar, and Senator Michael Rodrigues. The music for the event was provided by CAT Country, and hosted by Cliff Ponte, a Durfee graduate. Durfee sophomore Melissa DeAlmeida sang the national anthem to start the tournament off.

In the tournament there were three age groups, toss (ages 11-13), throw (ages 14-17), and launch (ages 18+). The first team up in the throw division representing Durfee High, was Target Practice, created by juniors Katherine Costa, Katelyn McCarthy, Kaitlyn Powers, Ryan Nestor, and Andrew Baptiste. At the start of the tournament the team was excited about participating.

Unfortunately the team lost their first game, but went on to win second place in the losers bracket.
In the launch division Durfee High's FredTV was one of nineteen teams hoping to win their age group. On the Fred TV team were seniors Sam Braga, Trevor Witt, Saffa Tengbeh,  Mike Rodrigues, and John Viera. Unfortunately for Fred TV, the division was dominated by Hot Sauce, created by Durfee alumni Nate Dupree, Josh Bonanca, Chad Amaral, and Josh Roseberry along with their friend Dylan Cassidy.
The event became family oriented when help came from Costa’s parents, grandparents, older sister, and participation from his younger brother and sister. Nick Costa, the youngest in the family won the toss division with his team the Mighty Munchkins.
At the end of the event, Costa was happy about the turnout and enjoyed being able to provide the community with a fun activity that gave back.
"It was awesome and everyone had a smile on their face, which is the most important thing," said Costa.