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Pascagoula Hosts Superheroes vs. Villains Adult Dodgeball Tourney

Image courtesy of the City of Pascagoula

Remember the old days running around in your cape, protecting the neighborhood from evil forces lurking within the shadows? Or the days spent besting your classmates at dodgeball in a physical education class on an elementary school playground or gymnasium? Now’s your chance to combine the two into one epic event and the best part is — it’s geared toward adults.

Torian Brown, the athletic director at the Pascagoula Parks and Recreation Department, said city leaders want to enhance adult recreation and thought a dodgeball tournament would be a fun way to include grownups in city programs.

“Once someone surpasses the age of 18 there’s not a lot of recreational offerings,” Brown said. “But, there’s a huge need for it and we decided to bring back a classic, childhood favorite.”

Play is Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1 p.m. until the last team loses. Participants are asked to wear a favorite superhero or villain costume because no one wants a secret identity reveal. Players are asked to invite sidekicks, too.

Brown said if you can’t don a cape and tights, just come dressed in a pair of your favorite superhero or villain socks.

“Anything wacky or tacky,” he said.

Brown was tight-lipped about the reward but said the team crowned the grand champion of dodgeball would win a substantial prize.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 25 and the registration fee is $75 a team. Businesses and individual groups or teams are encouraged to participate. There is a six-player roster minimum and an eight-player roster maximum. Match play is set for the best two out of three games. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games, which will be played in sets.

Now send out a bat signal to get your team ready and always remember the 5 Ds of the game, according to that golden line from dodgeball master Patches O’Houlihan in the 2004 hit Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” — dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge.

Oh, and if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball, according to O’Houlihan.

Register online by clicking here. You can also email Brown at [email protected] or reach out to the parks and recreation department at (228)938-2356 for additional information.


Written by Cherie Ward

Cherie Ward is an award-winning Mississippi Gulf Coast journalist with decades of experience in writing and photography. She lives in Ocean Springs with her husband and has two adult children who also live on the Coast.

Connect with her by email at [email protected] with story ideas or find her @cherieward on Instagram. She would love to hear from you.


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