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Dodgeball brings ADACCV, youth together

Conexión San Angelo newsroom, Jim Sánchez

ADACCV’s Prevengers Youth open gym Dodgeball game took place at the Northside Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

SAN ANGELO – Dodgeball is a game where six to 10 players start behind the end line, then rush to the middle line to retrieve balls to be thrown at opposing players. The object of the game is to eliminate their opponents by getting them out. The “last man standing” is declared the winner for his or her team.

ADACCV’s Prevention Director, Ray Valadez, and staff members partnered with the Northside Boys & Girls Club to host a Prevengers Youth open gym Dodgeball game on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

For Valadez and ADACCV’s Chesney Stephens, Haylee Kypfer, and other staff members, the emphasis wasn’t so much on winning. “It is really all about fun because we get to come and hang out with some of the youth from the community.”

One of those young people was 17-year-old, Joseph Mitchell who agreed. Mitchell, a student at TLCA and a resident with the Boys Ranch stated for him the game of Dodgeball was about being together.

Valdez stated that every adult, parent, teacher, and others can be a role model, a mentor, a preventionist. “We all have a voice that can encourage, motivate, and lead youth whether through your job, or in school. Find a way that you can do it.”

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