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Dodgeball: Genesis of a tradition


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Thousands of students turned out for the sixth annual Princeton University Dodgeball Tournament in Dillon Gymnasium this April. Read more.


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Freddy Flaxman:
We started the dodgeball tournament in 2005. We wanted to create a monster event, that

Freddy Flaxman:
was the biggest event on campus every single year, and something that would live far after

Freddy Flaxman:
we left and graduated Princeton. So, one of the ideas that we had was to take the most

Freddy Flaxman:
unlikely people around campus and give them dodgeball nicknames, throw their photos on

Freddy Flaxman:
flyers and just plaster the campus. It was one of those things where once you got people

Freddy Flaxman:
there, they had a great time, and so getting them back each year became easier and easier.

Freddy Flaxman:
And so the first year, we had about a thousand. The second year, we had about 2,000. By the

Freddy Flaxman:
third year, we had 3,000.

Daneeka Abellard:
I think that the dodgeball tournament is so popular because it's one of the chances for

Daneeka Abellard:
lots of people... lots of the different organizations to get together, to rally and have a tradition

Daneeka Abellard:
to follow, because Princeton has a lot of really big official ones, but this is a really big,

Daneeka Abellard:
fun event for everybody to do together. It's one of our chances to bond with people whom

Daneeka Abellard:
we would never see ever, but at the same time, it's never actual mean competition. It's all in good fun.

Ian Auzenne:
Events like this are important. One, because it allows the students to blow off steam.

Ian Auzenne:
There's no better way of doing that than throwing a dodgeball at somebody else with all your

Ian Auzenne:
might, just to get that aggression out. It's like, "Yeah, I just nailed that guy."

Ian Auzenne:
It's stress relief at its finest. But it also makes students realize that Princeton isn't just

Ian Auzenne:
a place where you study, you can have a little bit of fun here.

Dave Slovenski:
Princeton dodgeball is a great new tradition because it brings everybody together, involves

Dave Slovenski:
the whole campus and is just a great night of fun.

Student:
Just come play dodgeball. It's fun.

Ian Auzenne:
[laughing]

Shasanka Pradhan:
So, what I am thinking now is next year I'm just going to do my homework beforehand, before

Shasanka Pradhan:
the day of the dodgeball, and alot the entire evening for dodgeball, because I just realized

Shasanka Pradhan:
how much fun it is.

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