Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 16, 2013

The fun is in the dodge

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — For some the game of dodgeball takes them back to their childhood days in school, while for others it’s right out of the movies.

Here in Pauls Valley it’s returning to life as a group of friends have taken a small friendly game for fun and exercise to a whole new level.

Now the entire community is invited to join in a variety of different kinds of dodgeball games with the handful of dollars it costs to participate going to establish a new college scholarship for area students.

Those 17 years or older are invited to pitch in their $5 fee and take to the dodgeball court from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Reynolds Recreation Center in Wacker Park.

It looks to be PV attorney Kristin Jarman and her brother Grant Johnson, a local accountant, who are teaming up for the idea behind this fast-paced, rock and roll game of non-competitive dodgeball.

A couple of weeks ago they gathered some friends and a few others for a fun game of dodgeball at the local recreation center.

Word got out resulting in a way bigger crowd than expected of people showing for the game.

“At first the idea was to get with friends and get out there for some fun and exercise,” Jarman said.

“When we got there a lot of people were interested in playing dodgeball,” she said, adding a few dozen people showed up to play.

“We had such a good time and drew such a good crowd I thought we could do this more often.”

During that first gathering they played for a couple of hours and got a “good workout” even though it didn’t feel like they were out there exercising.

There was a “buzz” in the days that followed as people were talking about this return to childhood days with dodgeball.

The idea was born to organize an even bigger game.

Then it grew even more to charge participants a small fee to play and use the money to establish a new scholarship for a high school senior at any of the schools in Garvin County.

Jarman stresses all the proceeds from Tuesday’s event will go toward this new scholarship.

“People had an awesome time,” Jarman said about the previous dodgeball game. “You meet people, have a good time and just have fun.

“The more people we get this next time the merrier. We just want it to be fun, more of a social, fun thing,” she said.

“I hope the community comes out and gets involved and at the same time we help out some people with this scholarship.”

Those who pay the $5 fee and play will also receive a T-shirt. There is no cost to come and watch the games.

Call Breezy at 405-238-0676 for more on the event.