School holds dodgeball tournament to benefit food pantry

"We have a lot of good team chemistry," he said.

Achieving redemption will take at least one more year for the 12-Man Wolfpack, eventually, the SWAT Team would go on to be crowned champions at this year's event.

The night wasn't a complete loss for Futia and his teammates, at the very least the 12-Man Wolfpack team help raise money for a good cause.

"We are happy everyone came out, because it all goes to benefit the Altamont Food Pantry,"said Futia.

The 500 plus ticket sales would yield $3,500 for the pantry, $300 more than was raised at last year's event.

While the food pantry received the proceeds from ticket sales, parents from the Lacrosse Booster Club manned the concession stand to raise money for the school's lacrosse team.

Brian Summers, president of the booster club for the section two champions, said raising money at the event helps cover the travel costs for the team.

"It gives us a chance to play top quality teams," he said.

Summers said he hopes money raised at the event will help the team to be able to travel to Seattle, Wash., for a tournament next year.

"We are here to support the kids, and give them a better opportunity to succeed," said Summers.

Relyea said the idea to raise money by hosting a dodgeball tournament has spread to other school districts as well.

The Voorheesville School District will be hosting an upcoming tournament, and, Relyea said, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has contacted her about forming a dodgeball tournament as well.

"Word gets out there, and people are looking to do something positive for the community," said Relyea.


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