Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

With the spring semester in full swing, the West Chester University Circle K club’s annual volleyball tournament is fast approaching.

The tournament will be taking place on Sunday, Feb. 19 in the Hollinger Field House. The event begins at noon in the Hollinger Gym. It costs only $10 per person with six to eight people per team. The day will consist of a bracket style volleyball tournament, as well as a service project, food, raffling of stupendous prizes and great tunes. It’s unlike any other event that happens on the West Chester campus.

“It’s great to see different organizations, clubs and students come together and form teams to help fundraise for a great cause,” said Circle K President Alyssa Thomas.

The Circle K tournament is not just about playing volleyball; it is about supporting local charities.

“I’m really excited for the volleyball tournament this year because the money we raise will be going to such a great and important organization that helps children in our community,” said Circle K Social Chair Nicole Walters.

The specific charity all the proceeds are going towards, Cradles to Crayons, is one that deserves every penny in the world. They provide children of low income families with the necessities that they need so that they can thrive both at school and at home. They make sure that children in the Philadelphia area have a warm coat, a backpack and so much more. Circle K is excited to have the opportunity to support an organization that gives back to families in our area.

Circle K Secretary Kimmie Di Nhong believes the organization is perfect to collaborate with.

“Cradles to Crayons is great for giving back and truly helping someone’s life turn for the better,” said Di Nhong.

Going with the theme of helping children, the service project that will be taking place during the tournament also supports this cause. Students can help make alphabet books for the organization, Love Letters for Literacy.

Like Cradles to Crayons, Love Letters to Literacy supports the growth of children in the Northeast. They collect books and give underprivileged children books to encourage reading. Taking part in making the alphabet books during the tournament is making a direct difference in a child’s life. Encouraging reading in children’s lives is one step closer to making the world a better place.

If all of this service is enticing to you, make a team and spike it for a great cause at the volleyball tournament, but also consider becoming a member of the organization.

“Joining Circle K gave me a reason to be active in my community with service,” said Circle K Editor Becca Kosar. “And [I] have fun doing it.”

The club’s sole purpose on this campus is to help the community and to help one another. They do so much for the surrounding West Chester community and it goes unnoticed. There is nothing better than coming together as a university and supporting those in need.

Erin McFeeters is a second-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at EM857951@wcupa.edu.

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