Innovation for a good cause: Dodgeball 360°

A community service project raising funds to provide a permanent supply of clean water to 120 plus families in a rural area in Avissawella.

Bringing forth innovation to the sporting field, the Interact clubs of Royal College and Visakha Vidyalaya were the proud organizers of ‘Dodgeball 360’, the first phase of ‘Funduhmental 2015’ as the first ever Dodgeball competition to be held in the Island. The tournament was held at the Royal College Sports Complex on the 6th of December from 9.00 a.m. onwards and was a great addition to the sporting calendar. The tournament was open to all Interact Clubs, and also to enthusiastic crowd members who could take part in the non-competitive crowd matches. The objective of the tournament was to raise funds for the second phase of their project, which is to provide a permanent supply of clean water to 120 plus families in a rural area in Avissawella, and was a commendable project which successfully reached its desired goals.

14 Boys schools and 2 Girls schools participated for the tournament, with the knockout system for the boys category and best out of 5 rounds for the girls category. The matches were strictly judged by official referees who were experienced dodgeball players. While each and every team gave the best of the ‘dodge’ in them, the Interact Club of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia emerged as the glorious winners, making history as the first ever Champions of Dodgeball in Sri Lanka while the Interact Club of St. Peter’s College emerged as the well deserved runners-up of Dodgeball 360′ in the boys category. The girls put up a fair fight for the Championship which was eventually won by the Interact Club of St. Bridget’s Convent while the Interact Club of Colombo North emerged as the runners up. The individual award for the best all-rounder (dodging and throwing) was awarded jointly to Indeera Wijeyapura of S. Thomas’ College and Pramukh Samaradiwakara of St. Peter’s College.

The crowd matches was a very enjoyable part of the tournament that greatly promoted the game Dodgeball amongst our youth. Many teams registered for the matches to ensure their valuable change to play dodgeball in an official environment for the first time in their lives. The crowd matches also consisted of a very high standard match between the Royal College Prefects’ Council 2014/15 and the Prefects’ Council 2015/16 and a rather interesting and competitive match between the Interact District 3220 members and the executive boards of the organizing Interact clubs. All in all, it was a great chance as anyone and everyone could gain the experience of playing proper Dodgeball.

The day came to a close with the end of the awards ceremony, which was graced by the presence of the Rotary Advisors and Staff Advisors of both clubs. The Co-Chairperson of the project, Dasuni Jayawardane proposed the vote of thanks, thanking everyone who contributed towards making Dodgeball 360′ a success.