This video clip demands an explanation lest you think I am some kind of psycho.
In 1997, when I came to Redeemer, our school (Westminster Christian Academy) had just 23 students. They needed a P.E. teacher so yours truly volunteered. I told our headmaster that I had soccer coaching experience and that was about it. I was very up front about what I would teach- when the weather was good, we would play football, kickball, or soccer outside. When the weather was bad, we would play dodgeball inside. No tumbling, circuit training, parachute exercising, skipping, long-jumping, esteem-building lame stuff from me. I taught P.E. at Westminster for 4 years. We played an enormous amount of dodgeball. It was awesome.
The school went from 23 students in 1997 to over 110 students in 2001. At the end of the class dodgeball games I would challenge the entire class to a game. I would try to beat 20 or 30 students alone. It was lots of fun and became the stuff of legend. One particular highlight happened my last year of teaching when I taunted the older students (our school goes up to 8th grade) to a game while I played in a wheel-chair! I actually beat them. They haven't stopped talking about that. Parents even needle me about that stunt to this day. Westminster has long since hired a real PE teacher (I even hear she doesn't encourage head shots...what kind of whimpy generation are we training?).
Anyways, I've been "retired" from dodgeball for over 5 years. I think I made a short, one night comeback 3 years ago during a youth lock-in, but otherwise, I've been enjoying dodgeball retirement for some time. A couple weeks ago, one of the parents who remembered the "Pastor Tony Dodgeball days", asked if I would play one last game against our 7th graders and outgoing 8th graders during the 8th grade graduation celebration night. I was reluctant at first, due to my lack of dodgeball physical conditioning (one hates to destroy his legacy...see Joe Louis against Rocky Marciano...), however, my competitive side began to get the best of me and I accepted the challenge. Since it was revealed to the students that I would be taking them on in one last game, it has become apparent there are many in the 7th and 8th grade classes who participated back in the day and would love to get a shot at me now that they are older and more skilled and I am past dodgeball prime.
Despite the high likelihood that I will get pummelled, I allowed our youth pastor, Brian Hough, to make a video montage of me to taunt my competition and hype the event (scheduled for next Tuesday night). It is pretty humorous, so take it the way it's intended.