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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) recently hosted the inaugural Dodge to Defeat ALS. All proceeds raised from the event will go towards ALS Research to help find a cure.

“The Dodge to Defeat ALS dodgeball tournament was a huge success,” said Cole Henderson, SAAC Advisor. “It was a great turnout with 16 total teams participating and UNCG Men's Soccer taking home the championship. We were able to connect with community members and different student-organizations while having fun and spreading awareness of the disease, ALS.

“I am super proud of our SAAC group for putting on this wonderful event and look forward to the possibility of doing it again next year.”

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis. Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.

“We get to use our bodies every single day for something that we love, and people diagnosed with ALS eventually lose that ability,” said Rebecca Rice, SAAC Secretary and UNCG volleyball team member. “There is no cure for it so far, so being able to do Dodge to Defeat ALS with the community was really special. “

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