Bump-Set-Hit for a Cause


Picture Credit to Eugene Ruocchio

Kristen Miller, Staff Writer

Now of days, fundraising ideas have been getting more and more creative, encouraging people to join in the effort.  State High is one of many schools that hosts sporting events in hopes of compiling funds towards a worthy cause.  On Saturday, February 20th 2016 at 6 o’clock in the evening, State High kicked off their 24th annual All-Night Volleyball tournament in the North Building gym. The fundraiser was organized by Key Club, a student led organization that focuses on community awareness through active participation and volunteering.  

Twenty-two teams comprised of between six to nine players took part in the tournament, each having to pay a $20 registration fee and raise $130 as donations.  The entire event lasted twelve hours, ending at 6:00am on February 21st, 2016.  Although All-Night Volleyball is a tournament, participants also bring air mattresses, speakers, televisions, video games, and cards to keep themselves entertained throughout the long hours.  Some students take naps while others try to stay energized the whole night.  To keep players fueled, Key Club provided snacks and beverages throughout the event.  As the tournament came to an end, the total amount of money raised was announced at $19,120! 

All proceeds were divided amongst the following charities— local Fire Departments, the Crop Walk, Man to Man at State High, the Kiwanis Eliminate Project, Discovery Space, the Military Family Ministry, Tides, the Children Youth Empowerment Center in Kenya, Esperanza de Ana in Peru, the Women’s Resource Center, the Pregnancy Resource Center, and Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

Regardless of how we fundraise, State High is constantly seeking to make a difference.  Katja Krieger, senior and co-president of Key Club, set up and ran the event.  “I volunteered because I think it is important to help people in the community,” said Krieger.  “Our donations could impact anyone from women in the Women’s Resource Homework to starving children through the Crop Walk.”  

If you wish to participate in All Night Volleyball in the future, listen to the announcements and look out for flyers around the school come January next year.  For those interested in joining Key Club, attend a general meeting from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the North High School Cafeteria every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, or email [email protected] for more information.