Fort Macleod has become a popular destination in March for volleyball players.
The 12th annual STARS Charity Co-ed Volleyball Tournament on March 21-23 is quickly filling up with teams.
“It looks like we’re going to be full again,” organizer Mike Bourassa said. “It’s going well.”
The tournament, which offers competition in recreation, intermediate and competitive divisions, has already attracted one team from Swift Current, Sask. and two from B.C.
The first eight teams to pay the $350 fee will be registered in each division.
Last year teams came from Fort Macleod, Fernie, Olds, Lethbridge, Calgary, Pincher Creek, Picture Butte and Swift Current.
“It’s really good volleyball,” Bourassa said. “On the competitive side it’s college level ball. It’s lots of fun.”
The tournament raises money to fund a rescue mission by the STARS helicopter based in Calgary.
Each life-saving mission costs about $5,400, and the tournament has met that goal in each of the past two years.
Bourassa and co-organizer Candace Dawson started contacting businesses last week for donations, but people were seeking them long before they started their campaign.
“It’s good that people are keeping us in mind,” Bourassa said.
Games are at F.P. Walshe school and the tournament banquet is at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
The Queens Hotel will host the tournament’s beer gardens again.
Anyone interested in registering a team in the tournament or making a donation should contact Mike Bourassa at 403-553-2025 or 403-330-3546.