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STARS tourney makes changes

Mike Bourassa

Planning is under way for the annual STARS Charity Volleyball Tournament.
The tournament, which has as its goal funding one $5,400 mission by STARS, is April 3-5 at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
“Our approach is always to fund one flight,” organizer Mike Bourassa said. “That’s where we start. We’ve been fortunate the last couple of years to fund two flights.”
Teams pay $400 apiece with a guarantee of four games. The tournament last year raised $11,419 for STARS.
That was enough to fund two missions by the STARS helicopter.
The tournament includes a dinner and dance on the Saturday evening at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall, as well as a beer garden at the arena on Saturday from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
The tournament will have a new look in 2020 with the addition of a fourth division to cater to casual or “beer league” volleyball players.
Bourassa said in recent years it became evident there is a divide in the recreation division.
Some teams are just not competitive within that division, so tournament organizers wanted to find them a place.
“We don’t want to have those teams not come to the tournament,” Bourassa said.
The answer was to create a fourth division to go along with the competitive, intermediate and recreation divisions.
Organizers hope to attract 10 teams in each division with a maximum of 40 teams allowed in the tournament.
Local businesses are supporting the tournament at five levels: platinum, $250 and over; gold, $100-$249; silver, $50-$99; bronze, up to $49; and door prizes.
Organizers will contact the community groups that undertook volunteer roles with the three-day tournament last year.
They will also begin contacting the business community for donations to the tournament, which continues to grow in popularity.
“It’s fun,” Bourassa said of the main attraction for teams. “People like to be involved in something that is fun — on a lot of levels.”
Contact Mike Bourassa at 403-553-2025, 403-330-3546 or hooter44@shaw.ca or visit Fort Macleod Co-Ed Volleyball on Facebook.
Committee members include Leanne Neels, Lauren Roelofson, Candace Dawson, Chelsie Wolff, Brayden Van Driesten and Lindsey Burdett-Zielinski.

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