Bethesda Duo Hosts 10th Annual Dodging Diabetes Charity Dodgeball Tournament
Inspired by “Dodgeball” movie, sane adults raise funds for diabetes research by
playing a game most local elementary schools have banned
On Sunday, March 22, 2015, 500 metro-area hipsters, do-gooders and ball-throwers will gather at the GetGood FieldHouse in Laurel, Md., for the 10th Annual Dodging Diabetes Charity Dodgeball Tournament®. The charity dodgeball tournament is aiming to donate $35,000 to JDRF and the Joslin Diabetes Center, bringing the 10-year total to more than $150,000. Founded in 2005 by two D.C. locals, the charity event brings community sponsors, athletes and volunteers together for a one-day competition to raise money and awareness for the fight against diabetes.
“Seriously, who doesn’t love dodgeball? And why not play dodgeball for a good cause?,” asked President and Founder of Dodging Diabetes Anna Tiedeman Irwin. “Our community is proud to play together for a good cause and look at all the medical innovations on the horizon for people with diabetes – there is so much worth dodging for.”
Event founders Anna Tiedeman Irwin and Elizabeth Kramer Dugan grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and started the Dodging Diabetes charity to raise money for diabetes research, education and treatment because both have siblings living with type I diabetes. Both brothers – Andy Tiedeman and David Kramer – live in the D.C. area and attend the annual event.
Dodging Diabetes welcomes the support of its many generous sponsors including title sponsor Constellix and supporting sponsors New Signature, DLA Piper, National Geographic, Honest Tea, Adaptive Methods, General Mills, Tandem, The Compost Crew and Renard Photography.
The volunteer-organized and run event promises fun for all ages. Dodgeball will be played continuously on 6 courts all day as 35 teams compete to crown the winner of each league – the Vegas League for serious players and the Average Joe’s League for those just looking to have fun. The winning team from each league will win the most coveted of prizes – the team’s picture on the front of a Wheaties cereal box! Competition will be fierce! New this year will be a kiddie-zone, a safe and fun play area for the children of the players and volunteers.
“We’re so proud of how much our community has grown in the past 10 years,” said Executive Director and co-Founder Elizabeth Kramer. “We started with 2 courts and 12 teams and have grown to 6 courts and 35 teams. But the best part has been watching the community grow and stay with us year after year to support the cause.”
This year Dodging Diabetes is also proud to be a silver-level certified sustainable dodgeball tournament according to the Council for Responsible Sport, who oversees the sustainability certification process for sporting events. To earn the sustainability certification, the tournament takes environmentally-friendly steps like encouraging carpooling, recycling and composting, and giving out recycled trophies and buying carbon offsets for all participants. They also embrace local businesses, create an inclusive community environment and aim to give back to the local community.
About Dodging Diabetes®
Anna Tiedeman Irwin and Elizabeth Kramer founded the Dodging Diabetes® charity in 2005 to raise money and awareness to defeat diabetes for good. Both Anna and Elizabeth have brothers who live with Type I diabetes. Dodging Diabetes is a 501(c)(3) organization that has raised more than $100,000 for the Joslin Diabetes Center and JDRF through its annual charity dodgeball tournaments. Website: http://www.
About Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes clinic, diabetes research center and provider of diabetes education. Founded in 1898, Joslin is an independent nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Joslin research is a team of more than 300 people at the forefront of discovery aimed at preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin Clinic, affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this