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COLUMBIA – From the amateurs to the professional travel teams, dodgeball players of all skill sets took part in the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation department’s annual dodgeball tournament Saturday.

The event raised awareness for youth homelessness. Each year, the department donates half of the proceeds to Rainbow House, a local organization that serves as an emergency shelter.

Kevin Hackworth played with a team from Welcome Home Inc. He said the issue of homelessness hits close to home.

“Being homeless myself, I was given a chance to develop skills that I didn’t have,” he said. “Giving back to this here is instrumental in my growth and improvement to overall society.”

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