Asha for Education’s Chicago Chapter hosted its first dodgeball charity event on November 24th, 2014 at DePaul’s Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center. The chapter contacted and worked with the South Asian Students Associations and Indian Students Associations of 5 collegiate organizations in Chicago including DePaul University, Loyola University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Additionally, chapter volunteers and members reached out to their personal and professional networks and two Indiana University organizations – Raas Royalty and Indiana University Indian Student Association, to help promote and participate in Asha’s event.
The event was extremely successful as we had 10 teams participate with over 60+ attendees. Teams had a chance to play 4+ games in an exhibition round to seed them into the final tournament bracket. The last hour of the event was dedicated to a single elimination tournament where teams competed for a cash prize and bragging rights for a year!
The entire tournament lasted a total of two hours and the Asha team received positive feedback on the entertainment value and efficiency of the event. The tournament raised over $400 in funds which are being donated to the 6 projects supported by Asha Chicago. Based off this success, Asha Chicago is working to make this a recurring yearly event and hopes to continue getting more teams involved, raise fundraising standards and give back to schools in need of help in India.