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Football and fundraising: annual powderpuff game raises funds for charity

May 9, 2018

The student body came together in late April for the Second Annual Madeira Powderpuff Football Game. The flag football tournament, which doubled as a fundraiser, pitted all four grades against each other on the gridiron.

Each grade chose a charitable organization to support and held a pre-game fundraiser the week of the event. The winning team was able to donate a percentage of the overall funds raised to their organization, with the remaining proceeds going to the other charities.

The seniors chose Smashing Walnuts an organization dedicated to raising funds to eradicate childhood brain cancer. The juniors chose Special Olympics, which is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. The Sophomore class selected Nour International, which works to improve the quality of education provided in the Nour Center, a school for over 200 Syrian and Palestinian children and the ninth grade class chose Best Buddies, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to the monetary funds raised, sophomores serving their Co-Curriculum internships with Special Olympics held a raffle to raise awareness for “Spread the Word to End the Word.” This campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.

Raffle winners won the chance to dump a cooler full of ice water on four volunteer faculty and staff. To “purchase” a raffle ticket, students took the pledge by signing the “Spread the Word” banner. Coach Chandler, Mr. Southworth, Mr. Pratt and Ms. Grice graciously volunteered to brave the cold water.

After the juniors defeated the ninth graders, they joined the sophomores in the championship game. The sophomores, still tired from their hard-fought victory over the seniors, battled the class of 2019 down to the wire.

In the end, the sophomores emerged as the 2018 Powderpuff Champions. Their charity, Nour International, will receive a total of $641.00. The funds raised will cover a full year of education at the Center for two students.

View photos from the game here.

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