By Bre Nichols
Delta Tau Delta fraternity will host its first dodgeball tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday in Russell Gymnasium.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Delta Tau Delta’s local philanthropy, the Waco Center for Youth.
The center is a local treatment facility that serves teenagers with emotional or behavioral problems.
Houston senior Brian Elders, fundraising chair for Delta Tau Delta, said the center has recently had its funds reduced, so it’s more important than ever for the fraternity to assist them.
The Woodlands sophomore Alberto Liz, director of academic affairs for Delta Tau Delta, said 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go toward the center, which counts on the fraternity’s fundraising efforts each year. The Waco Center for Youth has been Delta Tau Delta’s philanthropy for more than a decade.
“They budget for our proceeds, so we need to make sure we get as many people as possible [to participate in the tournament] to really give them that money,” Liz said.
There will be separate brackets for men’s and women’s teams in the tournament, which will compete against each other in double-elimination, meaning all teams are guaranteed to play a minimum of two games. Teams will consist of six players at $5 per person and each member of the winning teams will receive a prize, which is yet to be determined.
The fraternity votes each year to choose the event for their fundraiser, and Liz said he hopes the dodgeball tournament will attract more people to participate.
“This year we decided on a dodgeball tournament because it’s something that doesn’t require a background skill, and anyone can play,” Liz said.
He said the fraternity members’ goal is to continue to increase attendance each year in hopes of raising more money for the center.
“The more people we can get, the more money we can give to the Waco Center for Youth, so we will take as many teams as possible, and we can always add teams to the tournament,” Liz said.
Elders said teams could sign up through the day of the event by emailing him at Brian_Elders@baylor.edu.