NEWS | August 18, 2017

Dunham Athletics Helps Make Dreams Come True

NEWS | August 18, 2017

Dunham Athletics Helps Make Dreams Come True

Dunham Athletics raised just under $2,000 for Dreams Come True of Louisiana at their annual Dunham Dodgeball Tournament. 

Dreams Come True impacts families of young kids who may not make it past their youth,” Coach Neil Weiner said. “For our kids who are healthy, active and blessed, playing to help Dreams help sick kids puts everything in perspective.”  

For the third consecutive year, faculty member and assistant football coach Randy Leindecker organized the annual event, which draws teams of Dunham athletes, students, alumni, coaches, parents, and faculty to square off against one another on the dodgeball floor. Players each donate $20 to participate in the tournament for the promise of pastalaya, good natured competition, dodgeball glory, and bragging rights.  

Twelve teams of 8-10 players each battled fierce competition in the 2017 double elimination tournament, with the team representing Dunham Basketball taking the championship crown.  Current students and former players on Team Basketball included Jordan Wright ‘19, Travis Myers ’17, Justin Hardy ’17, Mason Bourgeois ’18, Oddyst Walker ’18, and Evan Cupit ’19. (Not pictured: Salle Wilson ‘20)

During a break in the action, Dreams Come True Executive Director Becky Prejean shared the vision for the organization, which helps families from Louisiana with children who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Teams also had the privilege to hear one young Dream recipient and his mother share their personal story.

Special Thanks to Jamie and Jeff Purpera for their work organizing the bracket and collecting registrations. A big thanks to John Cambias and his cooking assistant Glen Godbery for the wonderful pastalaya. And a special thanks to all of the participants who helped generate $1839 for Dreams Come True of Louisiana.  Save the date for our fourth Annual Dodgeball tournament on August 9, 2018.