LONDONDERRY — For the second year in a row, high school students from across the state will come together for a day of competition and charity and some Londonderry High players will be there.

The "Ballerinas," winners of a popular in-house tournament, will represent Londonderry High School."

"LHS has held their own dodgeball tournament for the last eight years now,"  said Mary Shank, an English teacher involved with organizing the tournaments. "This year, we donated to a newly created charity within the school called 'Little Acts of Kindness.' This charity is an anonymous fund used to assist teachers and students in need within the walls of LHS,"

The Dodging Homelesness High School Tournament is sponsored by Families in Transition and the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness. 

The organizations aim to provide essentials and affordable housing for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Families in Transition owns two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord and a commercial cleaning company.

On April 2, teams, faculty and supporters from 18 high schools across the state will fill Southern New Hampshire University's small gymnasium. Tickets are sold at the door and all proceeds will be split between the two charities.

"We wanted to create a way to engage high schoolers and educate them about homelessness and what they can do to get involved," said Michele Talwani, vice president of economic development and marketing at Families in Transition. "It's a fun time and we prompted any school in New Hampshire to come and participate."

Representatives of each organization made an appearance at dodgeball tournaments across the state to talk about their causes, thank students for getting involved and get them excited about the upcoming event. Additional resources about homelessness were sent to schools as well.

"Participation has more than doubled since last year's tournament," Talwani said. "We had just five teams last year. It's going to be a lot of fun with 18 teams this time."

Other local teams in the fight to end homelessness include Salem and Timberlane.

On the night of the event, slideshows, speeches and raffles will help to educate and raise money. Participants could walk away with a pair of Red Sox tickets and gift cards.

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