Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) blogger visitor,

We hope this message locates you inside the friendly, warm confines of your favorite reading spot. Friday night, our mentors had planned to have our youth take part in one of their favorite 60-minute, heart-pumping exercise events – dodgeball. However, a few minutes after Maghrib prayer finished our genius IYG game-developer, Br. Salah, came up with a brilliant idea. Why not change up the original plan and design our very own game mixed with elements from different activities including dodgeball, capture the flag, and soccer? The newly designed mash-up game, a sort of IYG version of quidditch if you will, involved two teams with each team member responsible for one of three tasks – protecting the goal (goalie), scoring points by capturing the red or yellow dodgeball and throwing it in the goal (we called these players chasers/seekers), and tagging the chasers/seekers when they had the red/yellow dodgeball to prevent them for scoring goals (these guys were called the beaters). Confusing, huh? It was a bit confusing for the first few minutes of the game but soon after the sounds of joyful screeches were heard throughout the ISGL, as you can see from the pictures below:

Yazan, Ahmed squared, and Karim chase after the red ball...run for it guys!

Yazan, Ahmed squared, and Karim chase after the red ball…run for it guys!

Talal shares friendly advice with Baha before his penalty try against goalie Ahmed.

Talal shares friendly advice with Baha before his penalty try against goalie Ahmed.

Omar tries to sneak a goal past Muhammad...he was ready to defend! Attempt denied!

Omar tries to sneak a goal past Muhammad…he was ready to defend! Attempt denied!

Muhammad looks to put the ball in play as Anis and his fellow defender Mohamed defend their zone.

Muhammad looks to put the ball in play as Anis and his fellow defender Mohamed defend their zone.

Karim is surrounded with nowhere to go!

Karim is surrounded with nowhere to go!

Abdelrahman knocks Mohamed temporarily out of the game with a fantastic toss...the rest of the crew chases after the red ball!

Abdelrahman knocks Mohamed temporarily out of the game with a fantastic toss…the rest of the crew chases after the red ball!

Poor Talal is knocked down by the mighty throw of one of our 7-year-olds...game over.

Poor Talal is knocked down by the mighty throw of one of our 7-year-olds…game over.

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