Cascadia Martial Arts is hosting a “Jingle Balls” charity dodgeball event for their holiday party. (File contributed/Adam Ziorio)

Holiday dodgeball event to raise funds for youth suicide prevention

Cascadia Martial Arts’ ‘Jingle Balls’ event taking different approach to holiday celebrations

A local martial arts school starts the holiday season with a friendly life lesson: if you can dodge a kick, you can dodge a ball.

That’s why Cascadia Martial Arts is throwing “Jingle Balls,” a charity dodgeball tournament for their adult and kid students.

“Everyone throws a year-end celebration, and it’s usually a potluck, but we just didn’t feel like cooking,” said Elena Fletcher, marketing director for Cascadia. “We thought that since we’re a fitness studio, that it would be more interesting for everyone to move around. We always play dodgeball with the kids, it’s pretty hilarious.”

ALSO READ: ‘It’s not us,’ local karate club caught in pot shop mix-up

The friendly tournament will be held at Glenlyon Norfolk Middle School, which donated its gym space for the event. The tournament will also function as a fundraiser for the Need2, a local suicide prevention organization.

“Most charities benefit from actual money, and I felt this was a good way to donate a little more,” said April Larocque, owner of Cascadia. “Need2 is youth-oriented, and also a smaller charity.”

WATCH: 6,000 lbs. of potatoes donated to charity

Kids up to age 13 will play in the early afternoon, and adults later in the day. Each person must register and make a minimum suggested donation of $10, though Larocque said some community members have already donated much more. Additionally, local James Bay businesses have donated prizes for players.

Fletcher hoped the tournament would help unite the community, and avoid awkward potluck conversations.

“We have two programs, the kickboxing and taekwondo; this is a fun chance for both programs to meet and mingle,” she said. “We are serious about fitness and the discipline of taekwondo, our approach is rooted in enjoyment, fun, friendship, and positivity. Which explains Jingle Balls, and not a party with dainty meatball appetizers.”

The event will run on Dec. 15 starting at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, you can visit cascadiavictoria.com

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

fundraiser

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria real estate sales numbers tell two stories for July

Real estate board president Sandi-Jo Ayers talks about pent-up spring demand, low inventory

B.C. Appeal Court prevents Victoria woman from using the term ‘death midwife’ in her job

Pashta MaryMoon claimed she had been providing “death-care services” for more than 40 years

Driver loses control, crashes into Saanich furniture store

Crash at Lazyboy Furniture store Wednesday afternoon

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should it be mandatory to wear masks when out in public?

B.C. is witnessing an alarming rise in the number of cases of… Continue reading

B.C. doctors, dentists call on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services

‘We all have anxieties’: B.C.’s top doctor addresses return-to-school fears amid COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry promises school restart plan safe for B.C. kids

B.C. fish harvesters receive long-awaited details on pandemic benefits

Applications to the $470-million federal assistance programs will open Aug. 24

Most Read