in their first annual "Baggo" Tournament. Youth Villages is a non-profit organization that seeks to help children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families live successfully. The organization, that helps of 20,000 children in 20 states and Washington D.C., designed the tournaments to help local chapters raise funds and create awareness in their own communities.
In North Carolina, the majority of the families that Youth Villages works with live below the poverty line. This often prevents them from meeting even their basic needs, let alone exploring programs that may help a troubled child. All funds raised in the tournament went to helping Youth Villages sponsored local families enroll their kids in after school activities like sports and other educational programs.
"Baggo", also known by many as "Corn Hole" is wildly popular here in the South and folks can be found competitively tossing bags anywhere from backyard BBQs to football stadium tailgates. Needless to say, The Good Dudes were not only ready to play, they took the competition pretty seriously!
The sister companies joined forces to help sponsor the tournament, along with registering 8 teams to compete! The Dudes played well and many of the teams made it into the final rounds and in the end, two Good Dude teams went up against each other for the major prize - a trophy designed by a child enrolled in the Youth Villages program.
FacilityDude team "Lee Who?" (a playful nod to SchoolDude President, Lee Prevost, who issued the teams an internal challenge) took 1st place and made away with the trophy! Following close behind in 2nd place was team "All American Dudes" and in 3rd place, "Eye Patches and Peg Legs", who we suspect may have an admiration for Pirates…
All and all, the first inaugural event was not only a huge success, but plenty of fun for everyone involved. More than 100 players from local Triangle companies turned out to compete and $3,396 in proceeds were raised for North Carolina's Youth Villages chapter. For highlights of the event, watch this video produced by Youth Villages.
For more information on The Good Dude program, visit the SchoolDude or FacilityDude websites.