Sixteen teams and 80 players participated in Delta Epsilon Psi (DEP)’s annual Dodging Diabetes fundraiser at the Herbert Wellness Center to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Saturday.
The double-elimination dodgeball tournament raised almost $3,000 through registration fees and outside donations for the major non-profit charity that works to fund research on Type 1 diabetes. The turnout surpassed the two previous editions of the tournament according Ishtpreet Singh, a member and former president of the service and social fraternity.
“It was an amazing turnout, and it was really humbling to see how everyone comes together whether they’re Greek or not Greek to help support this amazing cause,” Singh said.
The winning team, Canes Hockey Obliterates Dodgeball Enemies, left with a $100 cash prize for their efforts.
DEP Vice President Param Desai was delighted with how the event turned out.
“A lot of people had fun,” he said. “Overall, it was good I would say.”
DEP is planning another philanthropy event for the upcoming semester called “Sugar Spike-Off.” Desai hopes the volleyball tournament in the spring can make a similar impact like Saturday’s Dodging Diabetes event.
Correction, Dec. 7, 12:08 p.m.: An earlier version of this article referred to Param Desai as “she.”