FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The North Pole Middle School Champions for Charity held their annual McHenry Ball Tournament this week, with the champions decided earlier today.
The tournament is the main event of a month-long fundraising effort from the kids at North Pole Middle.
McHenry Ball is a mix of Dodgeball, Tag, and Capture the Flag where teams get points for stealing the flag of the other team.
The eight teams involved in the effort went around town and even accepted donations online to raise money for their specific causes.
These included Paws for Purple Hearts, The Arctic Resource Center for Suicide Prevention, Noble Paws, Foundation Health Partners, Fairbanks Youth Advocates, Fairbanks Rescue Mission, and the Breast Cancer Detection Center.
The final champions for the event were determined based on Funds Raised, Sportsmanship, Team Spirit, and their performance in the McHenry Ball Tournament.
For the first time in the seven year history of the event, the Champions were not one of the teams competing in the championship game.
The winning team was raising money for Give Kids the World, a Central Florida Organization that provides week long cost free vacations for children with Critical Illnesses and their families.
This year's winning team set a new Champions for Charity record, raising $4,030.
This particular cause meant a lot to two members of the team who experienced this organization first hand.
"My daughter is a heart Kiddo and she didn't make Make-A-Wish. She wanted to go to Give Kids the World because one of our other friends, who's little boy has the same heart defect that Becca does, went to Give Kids the World also. So he talked it up, and she said that's where she wants to go. So we went to Give Kids the World and Dawson decided that's what he wanted to give back, was to Give Kids the World,” said Sharon Freeman, Champions 4 Charity.