By Prophet Dan Loughin
On May 16th, a small delegation of Ubarians decided that hitting kids with high speed balls would be a great idea. Well, it’s not as awful as it sounds. First, the balls were soft, plushy, and squishy. And second, it was for charity! Plus, the kids were asking for it – no, really – they invited us!
A dodgeball tournament was put together by Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay, to raise money for the Scottish Rite Dyslexic Learning Centers. The Centers, which are the charity of Pennsylvania DeMolay, help children with dyslexia to read at an equivalent grade level.
While Elizabethtown DeMolay did secure quality fundraising, only 4 teams registered to play, and Ubar was one of them. The facility was also rented for 4 hours, which led to the a full 4 hours of gaming, decided by the healthy, active, multi-sport playing youths. To your out of shape Prophets (i.e.: Blaisedell, Kline, and Loughin), and the Monarch that decided a triathlon that morning was a great idea, we were tired by the end of the day. All said and done, Ubar played 8 matches of dodgeball, at 3 games a piece (that’s 24 total games for those not mathematically inclined.) Out of breath, nearly dead, and defeated in the championship game, Ubar thanked Elizabethtown DeMolay for the opportunity to compete, and the present Prophets did what we do best: pooled all of the cash on hand, and made another donation. Well done, Prophets!
We have been assured that this will be a continued program, and our Monarch has promised future support. Let us put together another quality team, but take home the golden dodgeball next year!
Editor’s Note: you’ll notice that Prophet Loughin is wearing his fez during competition. He did this at the direction of the Monarch, which Prophet Loughin found later to be a tongue-in-cheek comment. He did not notice this. And we wonder how Prophet Loughin is our fundraising chair.