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Wellesley dodgeball program keeping students active

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By Robert Rosen
Hometown Weekly Staff

Each Friday afternoon, from 2:30-3:15 p.m., Community Investors, a local nonprofit that offer programs that get kids active and connect with one another, offers dodgeball at the Wellesley Middle School in Gym B.

Joe Roberts, President of Community Investors, has been running sports-based development programs with the Terriers and Wellesley Recreation Department since 1991, and dodgeball has always been popular. So when Community Investors became a nonprofit in 2014, dodgeball was something that Roberts wanted to do.

“Over the years things have changes,” Roberts said. “I think I can help. Our label is ‘positive, impactful, experience. PIE.” We have fun, inclusive activities,”

As many as 40 kids come out to play dodgeball each Friday. No fees are required and it’s a coed activity.

“I’ve never seen kids of such a wide range play together and enjoy,” Roberts said.
Robert said his programs have gotten tremendous support from the Wellesley school administration and many teachers. He said there are also high school students who help out with the dodgeball program.

“We would just like to see an increase [in numbers] each week,” Roberts said. “It’s a total release for them. Letting go of everything is good for them.”

Community Investors has made dodgeball a fun and safe activity for kids, using a foam ball and providing supervision each week. They want everyone to know that anyone can join.

“Just show up, check it out,” Roberts said. “We know you’re going to have a good time.”

Robert Rosen can be contacted at or followed on Twitter @roberterosen.

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