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      Kickball tournament raises money for service dogs

      More than 100 people played a game of kickball on Saturday to raise money for a program called Leader Dogs for the Blind.

      This year the Lead the Way Kickball Tournament was held inside the Vandament Arena at Northern Michigan University (NMU).

      During the event there was a leader dog in training named Phoenix. She is nine months old and will spend her first year training with a volunteer, then she will head downstate for advanced training.

      "Kickball is always fun to play, and the money just goes toward leader dogs. It was just a fun cause that we wanted to get the community involved in, and it's turned out great so far," said Sarah Juday with Lead the Way Kickball.

      The NMU and Marquette Lions Club sponsored the event, and they raised over $1000 for Leader Dogs for the Blind.

      If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Leader Dogs for the Blind program, click here.