Dodgeball Tournament at WPI Raises Awareness of Testicular Cancer

dodgeball tournament at WPI

This article was written by Juliana Wakeman, a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, and a member of the American Cancer Society, New England Division, College Leadership Team.

“If you can dodge cancer, you can dodge a ball!”

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35, making testicular cancer awareness a very important focus for Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) chapters across the country during the month of February.

CAC chapters educate their campus communities about the prevention, detection, and treatment of testicular cancer by providing valuable information in creative ways, including posters in their student centers and dorms, ads on their campus TV and radio stations, provocative yet informative t-shirts, and email blasts.

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, Colleges Against Cancer hosted their second annual dodgeball tournament to spread awareness of this disease, and raise money for their annual Relay For Life. Twenty-three teams of six signed up for the event this year. Each team paid a $30 registration fee, and was comprised of people from the same Relay For Life team. This helped to encourage Relay teams to sign up early in the year.

The teams competed in a bracket-style tournament all afternoon, and helped to raise a total of $730, which was distributed to the winners of the tournament as a donation to their Relay For Life team. The mission, advocacy, and cancer education committee set up a table where participants came to learn about testicular cancer in between games, and the MC for the day regularly announced the educational purpose of the event.

Throughout the day, a CAC member walked around with a video camera, speaking to participants who were waiting for their next game, and recording peoples’ explanations of “why they Relay”. This year’s Dodgeball video is still in the making, but last year’s video can been seen on WPI CAC’s Facebook page, “WPI Colleges Against Cancer”. Colorful slogans such as “we bust our balls to save yours” were also used on Facebook to grab the attention of students and encourage participation.

WPI CAC looks forward  to next year’s third annual Dodgeball Tournament in mid-December!