That’s exactly what participants can expect when they sign up to play in the 2011 Gordon Optimist Club’s Sarah Williams Memorial Mud Volleyball tournament, which will take place Aug. 20.
“Gordon Optimist Club would like to invite everyone to come out and support this year’s Sarah Williams Memorial Mud Volleyball Tournament,” said Raina Sanford, president of the Gordon County Optimist Club. “We had a great turnout last year and hope to have even more teams participate this year.”
Last year, the tournament brought in more than $4,000 for children with childhood diseases. It featured 17 school, business and corporate teams who battled for first place in shin-deep mud. The tournament will be played in three set matches that last no longer than 15 minutes each. Teams must win by two points, unless time has expired, allowing more teams to participate longer.
Entry fees start at $200 per team (early bird special) before Aug. 5, and spectators are welcome to watch for free. The proceeds raised from the entry fees and through the concessions at the event will be given directly to the Gordon County Boys and Girls Club.
Rising 6th grade students and up are eligible to play in the tournament and participants under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent.
Team captains must check-in at 8 a.m. and play time will begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 20 at the city recreation center on McDaniel Station Road. Food and drinks will be available at the touranament.
Sanford said the event will feature food and several child friendly activities.
If you need more information or would like a sponsorship form, contact Raina Sanford at email@example.com or 706-602-7800 ext 2211.
About Sarah Williams
Williams died at her home in June 2010 after a five-year battle with cancer. Williams was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in 2005, and except for a brief remission in 2006, she had been on continuous treatment.
During her young life, she spent much of her time fundraising children with rare diseases and cancer. The tournament was named in her honor last year to honor her memory and continue her legacy to help children in the community.