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Love Your Melon Hosted Knock Cancer Out of The Park Dodgeball Tournament

By Kendell Groom, Staff Reporter

On Feb. 18, the Hardin-Simmons University Love Your Melon Campus Crew hosted a dodgeball tournament in the Fletcher Fitness Center with over 120 participants.

The evening consisted of making cards for children with cancer, swabbing to be entered into the bone marrow registry, free food and enjoyable friendly competition.

LYM is an organization on campus that raises awareness for pediatric cancer through different volunteer opportunities, such as, table events, hospital visits and superhero adventures. LYM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to put a beanie on every child’s head who is battling cancer.

The opportunity to be a part of this is possible for any student over the age of 18 on a college campus, located all around the United States. On the Hardin-Simmons University campus, the LYM crew consists of 20 members and one supervisor, Joel Templeton, senior graduate admission counselor.

This was the first time LYM has hosted a large-scale event that brought the campus together while supporting a great cause.

Abby Pounds, a junior member of the crew liked the atmosphere of the tournament. “I felt like we made a difference by unifying people. It was a tournament and most of it was competition, however, students came and rooted for their team and stayed and rooted for others too. It was honestly hype,” Pounds said.

Templeton, shared what he enjoys about being the LYM sponsor. “As a sponsor, its encouraging and exciting to see students make personal sacrifices for the betterment of not only the club, but more importantly, the children and the families who benefit from their efforts,” Templeton said.

The event was the first of many for LYM and it is just the beginning of college students taking steps to make a change in the world.

Templeton explained how students learned more about LYM and how the crew helps raise awareness for cancer. “Many of the students in attendance were not aware of the small, but significant role they can play in the fight against cancer,” Templeton said.

Brianna Teaff, the crew captain of the club explained how this event helped raise awareness on campus. “It meant so much to me that people believed in our cause and wanted to be a part of the fight against pediatric cancer in whatever way that might be, such as a dodgeball tournament,” Teaff said.


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