Even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order, the Louisa County High School volleyball team is organizing a run/walk event to raise money for new equipment.
Registration is now open for the Louisa Volleyball Virtual 5K, which will help the team raise money to replace some of their equipment, primarily the poles that hold up their nets. The poles the team currently uses were purchased when the new school opened in 2015.
Over the years, several issues with the poles have arisen, notably with the gears in the cranks used to raise and lower them. While the team has been able to grease the gears as a temporary fix, there are other problems.
“The poles we have take longer to set up and make it difficult to put the nets to regulation height,” said Louisa County volleyball Coach Rachel Green. “We often have to [adjust] them prior to games when officials measure [the height].”
It will cost between $3,000 and $5,000 to purchase a good set of poles for the volleyball nets that will be easier for the team to set up, and that’s their fundraising goal. The poles are the team’s priority, but Green hopes they’ll raise enough money to get some other new equipment, including volleyball carts and training aids like blocking pads, spike trainers and setter targets.
While stay-at-home orders and social distancing regulations are in place, though, it can be difficult to organize effective fundraisers unless you get creative, which is what the team has done.
Participants in the virtual 5K who register by May 15 will pay a $20 fee and commit to completing the 3.1-mile distance in some way between May 18 and June 10.
“You can go out and run or walk, or you can do it on a treadmill,” Green said. “If you wanted, you could even spread it out over a few days.”
After the event is concluded, participants will receive an exclusive medal and a downloadable certificate to recognize their accomplishment. Green hopes they will take pictures of themselves completing the 5K and post them to social media with the hashtag runLCvolleyball.
Since registration for the event opened on May 1, Green says there has been a “slow trickle” of registrations, with approximately 40 people signed up so far. For more information about the event or to register, visit https://sites.google.com/view/louisa-volleyball-virtual-5k.
The team will be organizing other fundraisers in the future to help reach its goal.