Big Yard Dodgeball tourney helps ‘to make reading fun’

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Big Yard Foundation works to improve child literacy

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 3rd annual Big Yard Dodgeball tournament was held Saturday, a fundraiser for the Big Yard Foundation that works to help marginalized communities.

Portland native and NFL linebacker Brennan Scarlett runs the Big Yard Foundation, and hosted the event at his old high school, Central Catholic. Scarlett and his brother Cameron, who also had a team in the tournament, left much blood, sweat and tears on that field as members of the Rams, Scarlett not ruling out more being shed in the tournament.

“It means a lot to be here,” Scarlett said. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears on this field but just to be here in Portland, Portland is near and dear to my heart, it’s where I was born and raised, I love coming back and giving back in whatever way that I can.”

“Being here at Central Catholic, a place that I wouldn’t be where I am without this school and the education it provided me and the support so to be back here and having this event and as you can hear, some competitive dodgeball it means a lot.”

Instead of training for an opponent, any blood, sweat or tears shed on the Central Catholic field that Saturday went towards a much bigger cause – caring for the underserved and disadvantaged communities of Portland.

Scarlett explained how the Big Yard Foundation works to help those who need it.

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“We do that through literacy, creativity, and physical wellness so we host community events like this, we raise funds and then we host book fairs at elementary schools and other local nonprofits and give kids free books and try to bring myself and other athletes, whether that’s collegiate or professional, and kind of leverage some of that inspiration to make reading fun.”

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about the the Big Yard Foundation, you can click here.

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