Members of the HOME (Helping Our Military Everywhere) Club of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas bring their “D” game – that’s D for dodgeball – whenever they visit wounded warriors at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI), the rehabilitation service provider at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).
Since 2011, club members have participated in dodgeball games against CFI patients in recovery from combat injuries, meeting the wounded warriors whenever school holidays permit. “It’s an intense morning of one dodgeball game after another,” says HOME Club president Garrett Notzon, a senior at TMI and a member of its optional Texas Military Institute Corps of Cadets (Army JROTC). “We all start out early in the morning, caravanning to BAMC, and despite having to get up early on a holiday, we have had record attendance each time we go.”
During the students’ most recent visit, Dec. 21, the center’s lead orthopedic trainer gave them a tour of the facility, which serves patients who have sustained amputation, burns or functional limb loss, and thanked each of the TMI HOME Club seniors with the gift of a CFI camo shirt.
At least one more tournament is planned in the spring. The CFI dodgeball visits have been ”one of the most rewarding things I have ever done,” says Notzon. “Everyone who participates walks away with a renewed appreciation for the sacrifices our service men and women make for our freedom.”