The Healthy Peabody Collaborative’s (HPC) annual dodgeball tournament kicks off this Thursday evening as part of the collaborative"s continuing efforts to educate the community about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
The event will be held in the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School field house at 6 p.m., with a $3 entry fee.
The HPC will partner with the national “Above the Influence” (ATI) campaign in hosting the event, which will feature a live band, an a cappella performance, interactive spectator polling and opportunities for special giveaways.
A program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), ATI’s efforts in local communities focus on connecting directly with teens and local youth-serving organizations, like the HPC, to deliver various support methods to help the nation’s youth stay “above the influence” of drugs, alcohol, and risky behavior.
Mayor Edward Bettencourt will be the guest-star referee for the 20 teams of 10 student-players. Benjamin Tucker, the deputy director of state, local, and tribal affairs for the White House ONDCP, will serve as the guest master of ceremonies.
Members from the ATI team will also be at the school throughout the day, engaging students in a number of youth activities that encourage teens to think critically about the influences in their lives.