Dodging the odds for children

NSU’s Phi Alpha Delta (P.A.D.) law fraternity will host “Dodging for Wishes 2013 Dodgeball Tournament” to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida on April 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Recreational Complex’s tennis courts.

P.A.D’s NSU chapter, also called the Fleming Chapter, hopes to make the tournament an annual event.

Christine Menezia, third-year law student and P.A.D.’s fundraising chair, said, “Make-a-wish was chosen mainly because [of the] foundation’s purpose to bring joy back into the lives of children [with] life-threatening illnesses.  These children face situations that no child should have to and we wanted to contribute any way we could, to make them smile.”

Abbie Waxman, also a third-year NSU law student and P.A.D.’s social chair said, “We hope to have participants from the entire NSU community — undergraduates and graduates. We also welcome members within the community to ensure that this event proves to be as great as it can be.”

All team members must be at least 18 years old. A team of seven players costs $42 and each additional player is $8. Teams also have the option to purchase t-shirts for an additional $9 per player.

Through this and other fundraising events, Menezia said that she hopes to help create an NSU culture of giving back to the community. She believes that it’s crucial to never underestimate how impactful a strong community can be on individual success.

Waxman said, “I am hoping to spread the word and get as many participants, sponsors and volunteers as possible. If someone is not interested in participating by creating a team, there are other ways to get involved, such as helping to fundraise, set up the day or to referee. This is an amazing cause and we have the potential of changing kids’ lives.”

Alixandra Buckelew, a third-year law student and P.A.D.’s alumni chair, said, “P.A.D. wanted to get involved with all of NSU and the community and thought this was the best way to do so. We wanted something fun that students would want to want to participate in and at the same time raise awareness for such a wonderful charity. Dodgeball hasn’t been done before.”

P.A.D. members said that they do not have a specific fundraising goal, but are welcoming all donations, whether $5 or $5,000.

“Philanthropic events provide an opportunity for the community to come together, to work together, and to better the lives of each other,” said Menezia. “A lot of work has gone into the preparation of this event and our expectations are high. We hope to see everyone out there [having] a great time.”

Team registration closes on March 29. To register, volunteer or donate, contact Abbie Waxman at 786- 877-9307 or

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