On Friday, Jan. 23, SRSLY held its second annual Dodgeball Tournament at Mill Creek Middle School. The event was open to the public as a free, family friendly, substance-free community event.
Over 250 children and families from Dexter came out to support the event. This year, 28 teams with 170 fifth to eighth-graders played in the tournament in comparison to eight teams last year. The Average Joes were the last team standing in the fifth–sixth grade bracket, winning gift cards to Bel-Mark Lanes. The seventh–eighth-grade winners, The Chiefs, won gift cards to the Quality 16 movie theater.
“It was awesome to see such an amazing turn out. We definitely plan to secure a bigger gym next year to give teams more opportunities to play,” said Program Coordinator Stephanie Jacques. To make next year’s tournament bigger and better, SRSLY will look for sponsors in the Dexter Community.
The event would not have been possible without the amazing volunteers who helped at the sign-in table, snack table, took pictures, refereed the games and pitched in wherever assistance was needed. If you’re looking for an opportunity to volunteer with SRSLY Dexter, you can come to the next coalition meeting at the Dexter District Library on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. You can also contact Stephanie Jacques by phone at (734) 593-6974, or email Stephanie@srslydexter.org. For more information, go to www.srslydexter.org.
SRSLY is a community coalition dedicated to the prevention of destructive behavior in Dexter youth. SRSLY was formed in 2012 in response to local data showing that teens in Dexter are abusing alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. SRSLY promotes positive family and community involvement and school bonding, works to limit youth access to alcohol and other drugs and reduces parental approval of youth drug use. SRSLY receives support from St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, the Coghlan Family Foundation, the Chelsea-area Wellness Foundation and the Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant.