The Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association and MCS Alumni Association-organized 2019 Kickoff Reverse Co-Ed Grass Volleyball Tournament raised $774 in cash and they were turned over to Mt. Carmel School in a brief ceremony at the Knights campus early this month
NMIVA president Laurie Peterka met with MCS staff, alumni, and students last Jan. 11 and turned over the proceeds from the fundraiser. MCS principal Galvin Deleon Guerrero and MCS Institutional Development director John Blanco received the proceeds, which will be used to help rehabilitate the school’s gym.
“We are so grateful to NMIVA for helping our students and alumni create such a great event. It was a great experience for everyone involved,” Deleon Guerrero said. “Since this money was raised though volleyball, I think we will dedicate these funds toward our gym so we can get back to our volleyball courts.”
“We are so thankful to NMIVA, their volunteers and all the sponsors including I Love Saipan, Old Tony’s Seafood, Triple J Wholesale, UR Tents, and Smart Start,” tournament organizer and MCS Alumni Association’s Kai Higuchi added.
The Knights alumni and students came up with the idea of holding a fundraising event after MCS sustained damage from Super Typhoon Yutu last October. They then coordinated with NMIVA to hold the tournament and the volleyball group worked with volunteers to run the competition. The MCS Alumni Association, friends, and family also volunteered time to make sandwiches, which were sold as part of the fundraiser.
The volleyball event, which took place last Jan. 5, was staged on the grass courts temporarily set up at Navy Hill Field by NMIVA volunteers. The tournament drew 15 teams, which played in pool play in the preliminary round and in the double-elimination playoffs.
Team 20+++ was the last squad left standing at the conclusion of the competition, as it beat Just Do It in the finals. The Squirrels came in at third place, while Kokonutz prevailed in the loser’s bracket. (Saipan Tribune)