This weekend though, the Lady Titans will play with a different goal in mind.
As hosts of their annual Serve for the Cure Tournament, BT’s players and coaches will raise, pledge and eventually donate money towards breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
“The inspiration came a few years ago that we could run a tournament and combine it with a fundraiser for breast cancer research,” said BT coach Paul Stevens, who is organizing the event for a fifth time. “A number of the mothers of our players, as well as my assistant coach’s mother, are all breast cancer survivors, so it seemed like a great cause to take on.
“In addition, all of the teams in our program can and do get involved; the varsity team handles the preparations for the tournament, and the other teams run the tables and other activities during the tournament.”
Stevens said previous tournaments raised over $15,000 in four years, and this year’s goal is to push the bar even higher and raise $5,000.
While admission is free, fundraising will be held in a number of different ways, starting with a 25 cent pledge by BT’s players for each service-ace recorded in the tournament — hence the name “Serve for the Cure.”
The Lady Titans also made pillows and picture frames to be sold at the tournament along with homemade baked goods and T-shirts. A 50/50 raffle will be conducted as well and a table will be set up to accept other donations to the ACS.
Stevens also mentioned corporate sponsors Orange Leaf and Remixx Boutiques, both of Roswell, participating and donating proceeds to Serve for the Cure.
“Over the years, this tournament has grown into something larger than I ever imagined, and I am so grateful to my players and the communities who have helped make it so successful,” said Stevens.
“I hope that the whole community comes out to see some great volleyball, but more importantly, to rally together behind a great cause.”
The tournament, which will run on three different courts Friday and Saturday, features 12 of the top teams in the southeast — nine ranked in the top 10 in Georgia and two from South Carolina.
Tournament teams will be split into two pools of six teams playing a round-robin format. The top eight teams from each pool will advance to Saturday’s championship bracket.
Along with BT, participating metro-Atlanta schools include Johns Creek, Milton, Lambert, South Forsyth and Westminster.