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Conversations with Erik Zander

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erik Zander.

Hi Erik, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, Inc. (NCDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of dodgeball clubs and student organizations of North American colleges and universities, a governing body for collegiate dodgeball.

The league was founded on April 9, 2005. It is currently a co-ed league, and we are excited this year to be adding a women’s division!

I have been playing dodgeball since I was a kid and when I attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville I joined the dodgeball club, from there I became a part of the staff that runs the organization and was elected to be a part of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association board as the treasurer.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?

The challenge related to this organization is that it is entirely a volunteer organization so everyone on the board and other staff members, as well as the college students, have to find a way to time manage between school, work, and dodgeball to keep advancing the sport of college dodgeball. One of the hardest challenges we faced over the last few years was COVID.

Without clubs being able to play and individuals graduating, it made it tough to recruit new players to replace individuals to maintain clubs and prevent them from becoming defunct.

We had to figure out how teams could play, meet school guidelines and make sure everyone was safe. It took a lot of work on our first season back from COVID, but the work paid off and we are excited for what the future brings for the league.

I would also like to thank the other NCDA board members. The board members are: Dylan Greer, Kevin Bailey, Dylan Fettig, Colby Briceland, Wes Peters, Hunter Ford, Rebecca Nguyen, and Kathryn Mays. These individuals love dodgeball more than me and put in a lot of work to see our sport grow. They are a big part of why we are successful, and I know that we are going to accomplish great things together!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?

For the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, I’m the treasurer for the organization. My job is to collect team dues, and entry fees for tournaments like the national tournament and maintain the books. I must make sure that our payments are being made as well as making sure that we keep in good standing with all our government filings for both the federal and state governments.

What I enjoy most about this position is the ability to meet new people that enjoy the sport of dodgeball as much as I do. What I’m looking forward to the most in my position is finding sponsors that want to team up with us and help grow our sport.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?

I was an active individual that was very active in sports. I was a cross country and track runner and I played basketball. I also grew up on a dairy farm so I was constantly outside working and love being outside. It was tough work which help make me a hard worker and always put the effort into what I’m working on.

Contact Info: If you have questions, want to get involved, or would like to contact us, email us at ncdadogeball@gmail.com.

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