Hometown Hero: Leetonia senior helps local vets through dodgeball

The dodgeball tournament will be held Friday, March 18 at the Leetonia High School gymnas

Leetonia High School senior Seth Whittemore organized a dodgeball tournament to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

LEETONIA, Ohio (WYTV) – March usually brings to mind basketball, but dodgeball will be big in Leetonia this month.

Leetonia High School senior Seth Whittemore, this week’s Hometown Hero, saw the sport as a unique opportunity to help Valley veterans.

But why dodgeball?

“Uh, you know, it’s fun. Everyone loves dodgeball,” Whittemore said.

Whittemore set up a dodgeball tournament, to take place later this month, to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded military veterans.

The faculty at Leetonia High School worked with Whittemore to make it happen.

“The number one problem was liability, but we overcame that with the release of liability sheets. We made this no-head-shot rule. Mr. Radinsky, our principal, laid everything out and told me if this is going to happen, you have to make it happen,” Whittemore said.

Radinsky said it was a worthy cause, so he was happy to help.

“I think that anything that brings our staff, students and community together is an outstanding venture for us,” he said.

Whittemore’s teacher, Chris Roth, said she appreciates what Whittemore brings to the team at Leetonia High School.

“Seth is very conscientious about his work. He’s a great student to have in class, always goes above and beyond,” she said.

Whittemore plans to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point or become involved in the ROTC after graduation.

“Something to give back and serve the country,” he said.

The dodgeball tournament will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 at the Leetonia High School gym.

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