Rowan schools hold “King of the Court” volleyball fundraiser
By Rebecca Rider
GRANITE QUARRY — Rowan-Salisbury Schools will be holding its first “King of the Court” tournament Wednesday evening.
The district-wide volleyball tournament began in Cabarrus County in 2008 to raise money for breast cancer treatment, according to Lindsey Powell, also known as Lindsey Beasley, county advisor for the program.
Last year, East Rowan High School actually competed in, and won, the Cabarrus County event. This year, Powell and East Rowan decided to bring the fundraiser to Rowan County.
High schools from across the district formed all-male volleyball teams and held school preliminary matches. Winners — one team of juniors and one team of seniors — will compete at East Rowan on Wednesday. Powell said that every high school except for North Rowan has agreed to attend.
“So there’s been a lot of participation around the county,” she said.
Teams must raise a minimum of $120 to compete. According to Powell, one of the East Rowan teams managed to raise $300.
The event has been supported by other schools, as well — local elementary and middle schools have held “Pink Out” days, where staff and students paid a small fee to wear pink for a day. All proceeds went to the King of the Court fundraiser.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the 6 p.m. tournament. Admission is $5, with all proceeds going to King of the Court. T-shirts and concessions will also be for sale, with all proceeds from the shirts going to King of the Court.
Attendees will also be able to purchase a ticket to vote for their favorite player. Players with the most tickets will qualify for an all-star team, which will compete against a team from Cabarrus County.
All Rowan County King of Court proceeds will be donated to the Novant Health Rowan Foundation, in support of the hospital’s mobile mammography unity.
Powell said she hopes the fundraiser takes root here, as it did in Cabarrus.
“We’re looking for it to be a tradition here, so this will be the first year of many,” she said.
Contact reporter Rebecca Rider at 704-797-4264.
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