Remember playing dodgeball as a kid? It was playground bragging rights in fourth grade if you were the last one standing in the circle; the one who dodged all the balls. I was pretty good at it….the dodging…not the throwing and hitting part. That might explain why I love the idea of playing as an adult and why I recruited my co-workers at NBC10 to play in the annual Bensalem Police tournament. We often forget as adults how to play. When I was researching I Dare Me, I found studies that show some of the most creative and successful people have very full play in their lives. Why? Because fun and laughter is actually important. Because you bond with people you play with on a team.
You learn about them and yourself. I found out my fellow reporter Daralene Jones is a fierce competitor, a former high school track stare and a wicked trash talker.
You love being around him. Producer Ed Dress joyfully jumps into any kind of play and makes lots of noise and always makes me smile.
Creative services graphic designer Derek Robinson turns out to be the secret weapon, killer dodgeball player AND if he doesn’t like the call he will reveal his belly to the crowd. Haha. Awesome!
My husband and news photographer Phil Houser takes any competition very seriously. Donning goggle glasses from racquetball, he is ready to face the enemy and fight for his team. He’s loyal. I dragged him out of bed to play and he did because I asked him to. I love him for that.
Me? It was the First time I organized the team. My co worker Deanna Durante collected and bought the toys for our entry fee. I was so glad we contributed to a good cause with Bensalem Police.
We actually were able to hang in the tournament for a few play-off rounds. In the end some team calling themselves “Evil” beat us. But it felt like a PLAY victory to me. The six of us got to see what we each had to contribute.
Me? I mostly just was the ball collector and dodger…and just like in 4th grade…I was the last man standing a couple of times because my teammates took the hits and the risks.
I adore them all and so proud we acted like kids, we were silly and we are closer after standing together on the dodgeball line.