Volleyball event tonight for Wounded Warriors

The Mascenic girls basketball team lost to Campbell 67-35 on Friday, Dec. 6.

The Mascenic girls basketball team lost to Campbell 67-35 on Friday, Dec. 6. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

Mascenic’s varsity basketball and spirit teams will host a fund raiser benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project tonight at 7 p.m. in the Mascenic high school gymnasium.

Senior basketball star Sarah Sharp organized the event as part of her senior capstone project.

“I think it is all of our obligation to recognize the sacrifice that is being made by the men and women fighting for our country and those who have paid huge personal sacrifice in the line of duty,” Sharp said in a recent interview. “It is very rewarding to be able to help out the soldiers that have come home and their families to have a better life. It’s an honor, really,” Sharp said.

The event will pit the varsity boys basketball team, varsity girls basketball team, and varsity spirit team against one another in a volleyball tournament. The event will feature plenty of friendly competition for a good cause.

“It’s going to be a blast. We are all excited to play. As athletes we love competition so it will be very interesting,” said Sharp.

Junior Jimmy Thompson is a member of the boys basketball team with close family ties to the military; his father and both grandfathers served, and he’s considering joining after high school himself.

“The military has always had my greatest respect,” said Thompson. “The Wounded Warrior project is a great organization to help those who come back with physical and psychological wounds. If all I have to do is beat on some other teams in a volleyball tourney, I’ll be there early and leave late,” he said.

Both Sharp and Thompson are highly competitive individuals who are confident in their respective volleyball teams.

“I have a feeling we are going to get a lot of good laughs out if it. And girls basketball is obviously going to win!” said Sharp.

“I can’t speak for the [entire men’s basketball] team but I feel more than confident in our abilities. The teams seem to be evenly matched with height and skill. It’s going to be a great tourney to watch,” added Thompson.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend the event. Admission will be $3 for students and $5 for adults, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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