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Volleyball-a-Thon Raises Record Total

December 20, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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On Dec. 5, Liberty's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) along with the Academic Affairs for Athletics office held its annual Volleyball-a-Thon fundraiser, raising a record total of over $3,100. The funds raised will go to Lynchburg City Schools and assist kids who wish to attend summer camps.

In 2010, the event collected $2,500 for the Olooloitikoishi Girls Rescue Center in Khajiado, Kenya. Last year's event raised $3,000, with proceeds also going to Lynchburg City School students.

The event, which continues to increase in popularity each year, drew in 43 teams, consisting of six to eight players per team. Each team was required to pay a $60 entrance fee for the double-elimination tournament. Additional proceeds came from concession sales and a small spectator fee.

The event began at 9:30 p.m. and finished up around 4 a.m. S.A.A.C. members along with Academic Affairs for Athletics staff were on hand the entire night to make sure the event ran smoothly. Aside from the pre-event sign up, organizers helped set up, greet teams and spectators, check teams in, run scores and sell concessions.  Additionally, members of the Liberty volleyball team served as the event's officials.

The winner of the tournament was the Bedtime Ballers. First-place awards were also handed out to the team with the best name and the best-dressed team.

"It was very exciting to see our student-athletes come together with other members of the student body to once again make the Volleyball-a-Thon a great success," commented Life Skills Coordinator for Academic Affairs for Athletics Morgaine Godwin. "It is always encouraging to see the eagerness of our student-athletes to give back to the community, and in this case, help children attend summer camp who would not be able to otherwise."