As President of the Edison High School Key Club, I wanted to create a fundraiser for Pediatric Trauma Prevention and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, the Key Club International main emphasis. While fundraising for this cause and the club's future funds, I also wanted to create an event open to the entire student body, not limited to age, atheleticism, nor ethnicity. Imagining an ideal event, I realized that no event so far has allowed faculty and students to create a relationship outside of the classroom. Students did not know the true personality of their teachers and teachers did not completely recognize the talents of their students. Lastly, a major problem I identified on my campus was the inactivity of a majority of the students in physical activity. Physical education courses and sports are available, but do not attend to every students preference. Combining all of these issues into one solution, I came up with the idea for an unprecedented event never before witnessed within my community, the first annual Dodgeball Tournament.
The event was free to all of the participants, inviting a diverse and motivated crowd of students and persuading teachers to also become involved. Seeing as the event consisted of various personalities throughout the campus, it allowed parents, siblings, and close friends to attend the event to show their support. The competition consisted of two brackets, students and teachers, with the winner of each playing each other for the school-wide championship. Students and teachers arrived in coordinated uniforms and a sense of pride, all wanting to win the title. The audience roaring and competitors pumped up, the event proved to be very successful. School pride seemed to raise dramatically and to this day, teachers and students approach me asking "When is the next Dodgeball Tournament?".