DMU students organize Dodgeball Derby to raise money for Variety-the Children’s Charity

What’s better than a costumed-team playing dodgeball on a chilly Saturday? Raising money for Variety–The Children’s Charity while dodging, dipping, ducking and diving at Des Moines University (DMU).

DMU student club, American Association of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), is hosting the first annual Dodgeball Derby at DMU on January 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the DMU Wellness Center, 3200 Grand Ave. Themed and costumed teams encouraged.

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“Community service is a really important part of the DMU atmosphere and we wanted to make a big splash in helping out Variety,” said Danielle Butto, AAPSM vice-president and derby co-organizer. “Plus, how fun will it be to have people from all around the metro playing their hearts out in costume for a dodgeball tournament?”

Cost to participate is $75 per team and teams can be 6 to 8 people. All players must be over 18. Students, staff, faculty and the public are invited to play or cheer on their favorite team.

All players will receive a free t-shirt. The top teams, most creative team and best costumed team will win prizes.

Please register by Jan. 18 at Email if you have questions.



Variety-The Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. For more info, visit

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