ROAD TRIP: BEACH DODGEBALL FOR CHARITY
Road Trip 9’s Sand Blast won’t be the only place for sweaty-fun shenanigans on the beach Saturday.
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For the second year, Maggie Ocampo, northern New Jersey realtor, has organized a dodgeball tournament to benefit a variety of fantastic charities.
I called Maggie, to learn how a city realtor became a beach dodgeball fan.
TBP: How did the Ironball Games come to be?
Maggie: I started this in 2008. I just had a baby girl with my civil union partner and as a gay family I wanted to stay involved in the community. I wanted to do something that was fun and tied in my interest in organized sports.
I thought dodgeball would be great because everyone does volleyball on the beach and dodgeball is something pretty much anyone can play.
Everyone is welcome to participate in an Ironball Tournament. Men and women from any background or skill level. We also need volunteers. We are open to any type of participation.
Ironball is a non-profit – especially for me [laughs]. I lose money every year but it is an amazing feeling when, like last year, the Madison Marquette team won $800 for their charity (Shana Foundation).
TBP: Which charities are the teams playing for this year?
Maggie: We have the Asbury Park Mounted Police, Monmouth and Ocean County Foodbank, Hetrick Martin Institute (services for GLBTQ youth 12 to 18), Lambda Legal, Shana Foundation (bacterial meningitis education and awareness), Gawd on Wheels, SNAPS: Spay and Neuter Asbury Park (companion animals) and a couple of others we are not ready to announce yet.
The teams are sponsored by businesses and Asbury Park residents, like you (this Coaster writer sponsored for SNAPS). The teams compete for a charity they choose and the players win tickets to Sand Blast.
TBP: What will these dodgeball teams do and exactly when will the guys take their shirts off?
Maggie: It’s the best of three, eight minute sets. At the end of each set, the team with the most players standing wins the set. Teams must win two sets to advance to the next round. Last team standing wins.
A big part of the fun is the people that watch and cheer from the beach and boardwalk. Some of them are probably waiting for a few of the guys to take off their shirts, which happens early.
Asbury Park is a hot town. My family and I love it here. My hope is that everyone has a great time and dodgeball brings charities, businesses, the community and the city together.
Ironball Beach Dodgeball Tournament from 10 am to 2 pm. Call Maggie for more info: 917.776.0714.