KINGSPORT — You’ve got just a little more than a month to get your team ready for Kingsport Young Life’s first-ever dodgeball tournament. Area director Scottie Dancy says tournament organizers wanted to do something different with this fundraiser.
“We were looking for a fun way to raise money, but we were also looking for a way that more people in the community could kind of hear and know about the mission of Young Life,” Dancy said. “We didn’t want to replicate anything that was already going on. We just ran across the idea of a dodgeball tournament and we thought it would be a great way to not only raise some money, but get the word out about Young Life and what we’re doing right here in the c o m m u n i t y. ”
The tournament begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center, 301 Louis St., Kingsport.
Registration deadline is Nov. 2. Cost per team is $100.
Each team may be made up of no more than 10 players, with six players per team on the court at a time — six vs. six. Players must be 15 or older.
All proceeds benefit Young Life of Kingsport.
Cost for spectators is $4.
Corporate sponsorships are available, beginning at $500.
“We would love to raise a few thousand dollars with this tournament, but mainly we just want to get the word out about Young Life and for people to be exposed to the ministry of Young Life,” Dancy said.
Kingsport Young Life has volunteer leaders participating in ministry at Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan North, Sullivan Central and Sullivan South high schools.
"The heart of what we do is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with these kids. We show up wherever they are to get to know them and, by getting to know them, we hear their stories and we’re able to share the story of the Gospel and how it applies to their lives,” Dancy said.
Young Life also offers a ministry to middle school students called WyldLife.
“We began noticing a need for an additional ministry a few years ago because kids are making decisions about drugs, alcohol and premarital sex at younger and younger ages,” Dancy said. “We saw the need to start this middle school ministry and it’s been an incredible thing to watch our WyldLife leaders give these kids a fun alternative to the negative influences that are knocking at their doors.”
But no matter the age, Dancy adds, Young Life is there to invest in kids’ lives.
“We have volunteer leaders who go to football games or the cafeteria or the parking lots just to get to know the kids. We love them exactly where they are and not as they should be,” he said.
For more information about Young Life or the dodgeball tournament, call (423) 246-2822 or (423) 967-5838 or go online at younglifekpt.org.