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Fall 2013

Charles “Alex” Karasz ’00

Charles “Alex” Karasz ’00 published the e-book version of Zen Dodgeball on Amazon. Karasz was part of a group that played for 43 hours straight in March — a Guinness World Record designation is pending. “They continue to inspire me, and a portion of all [book] sales goes to their charity, Wounded Warrior Project.”

Charles “Alex” Karasz ’00

The Zen aspect comes from his practice of Aikido, a martial art. “The heart of any Zen activity is mental stillness. If you are preoccupied with worldly concerns on the dodgeball court, you’re going to get hit.” Karasz has been a skydiver, winemaker, bartender, medical assistant, Internet “marketing Ninja” and West Point cadet. At Binghamton he was an English major who took pre-med science courses. “Organic chemistry was the hardest class, but my favorite class was Gene Lesser’s comedy workshop. It was a blast.”

Charles “Alex” Karasz ’00

Karasz discovered dodgeball when he moved to Raleigh, N.C., after graduation. “Working in medicine made me realize how stress opens the door to all sorts of health problems, from obesity and high blood pressure to depression, anger and anxiety. Stress is what prematurely ages us. Dodgeball instantly breaks that up. It is a fun community; nobody takes it too seriously.”

Charles “Alex” Karasz ’00

He and his wife, Karen, who were married in 2011 by an ordained Elvis impersonator, make and sell steampunk hats and goggles at hgsteamship.com. They are expecting their first child in February 2014. When he’s not playing dodgeball, Karasz is a podiatric assistant in Schenectady, N.Y. “I think if you’re bad in a past life, you get reincarnated as a foot doctor. If you’re really bad, a foot doctor’s assistant.”