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          BPA Students Host Dodgeball Tournament

          Contributed by Newton High School

          Dodgeball tournament

          BPA students host dodgeball tournament to benefit student

          A Newton High School sophomore, Calla Potluri, was enjoying a relaxing evening at the pool while at a debate tournement. Suddenly, while playing a game with classmates, she received a severe blow to her head from the side of the pool. At first she only had a bloody nose. Once it was cleaned she thought all was well. Sadly, this was not the case. On her way back to her room she passed out and hit her head a second time. They quickly called 911 and she was taken to the hospital.

          It turned out she had some minor brain damage that caused coordination issues, and sensitivity to light and sound. For several weeks, even walking alone was an issue. Calla went to neurological therapy daily at the Newton Medical Center and weekly to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. Just when we thought she started to heal, she came back to school and hit her head on a locker. After all the recovery over the last few months she was back to square one. Overall, Calla missed approximately 3 months of school not including the amount missed due to the three hour treck to Kansas City more than once a week. 

          Calla is an outgoing and confident young woman loved by everyone, and the Newton High School BPA chapter and Student Council wanted to help her get back to her old self. In an effort to help her and her family, they joined to put on a dodge ball tournament, “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge for Calla”, to fundraise money. Originally only 5 teams were signed up to play. As the doors opened the morning of February 8th, players poured in the doors. Seventeen teams ended up entering the tournament. The teams were divided into three pools for pool play, and all the teams advanced to bracket play for a double elimination tournament. T-Shirts were made for the event that participants and spectators could buy. Donation buckets were stationed throughout the high school for any other financial gifts. ­­15 BPA members helped and participated in the event.

          The event exceeded all expectations, raising over $900 for Calla and her family. “It turned out to be way greater than what we had hoped for,” BPA member and tournament coordinator Josh Carlgren said. “I was just expecting to make half of what we actually raised.” For Carlgren, this was much more than just money for a fellow Railer. 


          15 students organized and worked the tournament, sold t-shirts and sold concessions 15 x 4 = 60 hours

          12 members organized teams and participated in the tournament - 12 x 3 = 36 hours

          Amount raised to help support Calla in her efforts to recover = $903

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