9:19 PM PDT, March 27, 2011
It’s a creative, challenging and fun way to help others. Meyersdale Area High School students took to the dodge ball court recently for a competitive game to benefit trauma patients through the Conemaugh Health Foundation.
“I developed the dodge ball tournament as a way to raise financial assistance for local families in need,” said Ron Kaufmann, a physical education teacher at Meyersdale Area School District.
The students pay a $2 registration fee to participate and the teachers make a donation to dress down. Superintendent Tracey Karlie and Kaufman met prior to the event and decided that the Conemaugh Health Foundation should receive this year’s dodge ball donation.
“It’s comforting to know that we have Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center nearby to serve us when we need it,” said Kaufman. “We’re glad to give a gift to trauma services knowing it’s going to help out our neighbors, friends, and family members.”
According to Kaufman the student’s enthusiasm for the dodge ball tournament grows each year. “The students love this event because it isn’t focused on just athletes. Anyone can play this game and have a great time.”
Later this spring, Meyersdale Area High School students will be working with the Conemaugh Health Foundation again when they host a Spring Wellness fair. The event is part of a larger wellness initiative sponsored through a grant from The Edwards Lifesciences Fund. The $25,000 grant will be used for the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program which will kick off at Meyersdale High School April 30. The program will focus on area high school students and their families, encouraging healthy behavior through physical activity at four strategic screening sites including Meyersdale.