Last Friday, the Colorado College GlobeMed club held its Annual Dodgeball Tournament. More than six teams competed, and “Team Dogeballers,” consisting of seniors Jake Battock, Tim Huettel, Kilian Morales, Nick Zuschneid, Austin Hammer, Theo Hooker, Brian Rubin, and Alana Aamodt, were the winners. They received a $100 Visa gift card as a prize.
“I think we all have a strange passion for dodgeball, leftover from the residuals of middle school gym class,” Hammer said. “And it is fun to revisit that part of our brains sometimes.” The tournament maintained a light-hearted tone, as everyone came to have fun and relax on a Friday afternoon.
“My favorite part of the event was probably seeing everyone arrive,” senior GlobeMed Co-President Carly Merritt said. “I love how people get dressed up, and stretch, and do warm-ups ironically. It just gives the whole event a fun atmosphere.”
While the fundraiser was a relaxed event, GlobeMed is usually a serious club. GlobeMed at CC is a chapter of the national GlobeMed organization. They partner with the Western Organization of People Living with HIV/AIDS in western Kenya.
Thee overarching GlobeMed organization was founded 12 years ago and now has chapters at 60 colleges across the country. Each chapter is paired with a health-focused organization in another part of the world. The campus chapter learns about the issue that their partners work on, and they help fundraise and advocate on their behalf.
“My favorite part of being in GlobeMed is learning about global health and applying our knowledge to supporting our partner organization, WOPLAH,” sophomore Willa Serling said. “WOPLAH works to mitigate HIV/AIDS stigma in Mumias, Kenya.”
GlobeMed also works with a local partner, Meadows Park Community Center, in downtown Colorado Springs. The club hosts fundraisers and events throughout the year to support their partner organizations.
During Block 4, they hosted a benefit dinner and silent auction to raise money and awareness for both of their partner organizations. GlobeMed has more campus fundraisers planned for the rest of the year.
“We can look forward to GlobeMed selling chocolate-covered strawberries in Worner during fourth week—all proceeds going to our partner WOPLAH,” Merritt said. “We also will be having a 5k and pancake breakfast Block 8.”
In addition to working with outside groups, GlobeMed is now working with the Butler Center to help advance some of their community-based projects and goals.
“The Butler Center has already provided great advice and opportunities for us to educate our members and the CC community on our mission and social justice, and it’s awesome being led by such knowledgeable, helpful staff,” Merritt said.
GlobeMed is active in many areas of campus life, and everyone is encouraged to get involved. Merritt added, “We have meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in McHugh Commons that anybody is welcome to go to.”