November 27, 2014

Volleyball, horseshoe tournaments to raise scholarship monies

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Au GRES — People will hit the volleyball courts and horseshoe pits at the Au Gres City Park this weekend during the fourth annual Summer Slam, a fundraiser for the Ashley Irwin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tournament coordinator Jeri Christie, who coaches volleyball at Au Gres-Sims, said the scholarship fund is in memory of Ashley Irwin, who was killed in a car accident her senior year at AGS.

“In 2008 Ashley Irwin passed away. She was going into her senior season of volleyball and at that point I think we had one Summer Slam before that and it was going to be an annual fundraiser for the volleyball team,” she said. “But at that point we couldn’t think of a better way to honor Ashley than to turn it into the Ashley Irwin memorial.”

Last year $2,000 in scholarships were distributed in Ashley’s name, Christie said.

The event kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m., and the volleyball tournament will likely continue into Sunday, Christie said. More volleyball teams have registered this year than in the past, she said.

“This year we have more than 20 teams registered,” she said. “We have a women’s division, a men’s division and coed division all for adults. Then we also have a high school division.”

There is no limit to the number of people who can be on a team, but only four are on the court at once, Christie said.

It is $15 per person to play in the horseshoe tournament.

“We’ll take horseshoe teams right up until the day of,” Christie said. “That’s not an issue.”

Winners receive various prizes, such as gas cards and free rounds of golf, according to Christie. However, the event is not focused on winning and losing.

“It’s more about having fun and just being with friends and hanging with friends,” she said.

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