Come in red, white and blue and carrying your “‘Murica” face for Vanguard University Volleyball’s second NEGU Benefit Beach Volleyball Tournament on May 3 at Newland, Huntington Beach.
The theme for this year’s tournament is “‘Murica”, which is a slang term for America used to express extreme patriotism. Starting last year, the tournament combines the efforts of Vanguard’s Lions volleyball team with California FCA Volleyball and Mariners Church Huntington Beach to benefit the Jessie Rees Foundation (NEGU). Last year’s event hosted 50 players and raised more than $1,100 for the NEGU Foundation and the goal is to increase both those numbers this year.
Inspired by a 12-year-old girl, Jessica Joy Rees, who fought two brain tumors for 10 months before losing her fight, NEGU focuses on spreading her message of love and encouragement to other children who are fighting cancer. Rees created the motto “NEGU”, which stands for “Never Ever Give Up.” While spreading this motto, the foundation gives JoyJars to children fighting life-altering medical illnesses. In addition to new toys, games and activities, these jars are filled with hope, joy and love.
Vanguard volleyball invites beginners and seasoned players, high-school age and up, to join in the fun and the NEGU mission. The tournament will feature four-person teams and bracket play split based on skill level (beginner or advanced). People can sign up as individuals or as a team: $25 for individuals, $100 for teams. To sign up, visit the benefit’s Facebook page and post your name(s) and skill level.
Watch their promo video and find out more about the event, by clicking here.