D&E tourney to raise awareness

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College will host a volleyball benefit tournament that is open to the public. The tournament is slated to begin at 6 p.m. May 3 in the McDonnell Gym on the campus of D&E.

The event is being organized by D&E students, Jacob Schoonover and Alistair Cameron. The tournament is the result of an assignment given by Mary Ann DeLuca in her Organization and Administration class.

“The purpose of the assignment is to prepare us for whatever job we take,” Schoonover said. “It is a good way to get some experience.”

DeLuca’s prior students have done similar assignments. This semester, four groups of students are organizing events that are open to the public.

“Other students have put on events like this in the past,” Schoonover said. “The events were held for the same class we are in right now. They were all pretty successful, too”

Students have organized softball tournaments, basketball clinics, soccer tournaments and more.

Each group will donate proceeds from their event to charity organizations of their choice.

“My group chose to give our profit to the Make a Wish Foundation,” Schoonover said. “Other students will donate theirs to whatever charity they choose. There’s another group in our class donating to the Make a Wish Foundation, so two of the four groups will be giving to them.”

D&E has a history of donating proceeds to this organization.

“We chose Make a Wish because the college has ties with supporting them, so it seemed like a good fit,” Schoonover said. “We think it is a great cause to contribute to.”

Make a Wish Foundation is an organization that seeks to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the U.S., a wish is granted approximately every 34 seconds. The foundation has granted wishes such as allow a girl with a genetic condition to meet Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss; allowed a boy with cancer to be a super hero for a day; helped a boy with a brain tumor be a tractor driver, and many more.

“I’d encourage anyone to come,” Schoonover said. “It’s for a good cause, and it also gives D&E a lot of good exposure as a whole.”

The tournament participants and winners will receive prizes. The students hope to obtain water bottles and gift cards to give away.

“I want to get a really good turnout,” Schoonover said. “I hope that people participate and that everyone has fun.”

Registering for the tournament is open now and there is no deadline for signing up. Each team will need exactly five people to participate. The entry fee is $5 per team. Register by contacting Schoonover at jschoonwv@gmail.com or Cameron at camerona@dewv.edu.

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