2016 Volleyball Marathon Recap


The 2016 edition of the Organic Youth Volleyball Marathon has gone down as one of the best ever!

So check this out…on February 26-27, this happened:OY_2016_VolleyballMarathon_logo_1270x580px

  • 116 youth, adult leaders and support staff gathered together to make a difference
  • We packed 10,152 meals of macaroni-and-cheese to feed the hungry through the Food Bank of Western New York
  • We then moved on to play 74 games of volleyball to support Lutheran Charities of Western New York
  • We ate 264 slices of pizza
  • We took a break to experience a very deep and moving devotion by Organic Youth’s Leadership Team
  • We raised $1,193 for Lutheran Charities, which goes to help sustain social service ministries in our community
  • We did all of this in the span of 11 hours

At the end of the night, trophies were awarded for gold-silver-bronze, last place, best sportsmanship, and best team flag.  And for the first time, prizes were awarded for the first, second and third most money raised by an individual, and an ice cream social awarded to the team that raised the most money for Lutheran Charities.

All of this would not have been possible without the help of many:

  • The St. John’s Lutheran Home for Children board, and Chris G. for funding and organizing the Meal Packing Event
  • Buffalo Niagara Court Center for hosting us
  • Town Line, Alden and Mark R. for loaning tables, and Harry M. for loaning electrical boxes
  • Collin M. for organizing the volleyball games
  • Elliott B. for heading up first aid and keeping us safe
  • Bobby “DJ Shaggs” who, while not able to make it, loaned all of his equipment to help ensure the all-night tunes happened
  • Volunteers who jumped in to help with meal packing, food service, volleyball scorekeeping and more
  • The adult leaders who sacrificed their time and sleep to bring youth
  • The youth for taking a chance and coming out to the event

Rather than placing pictures directly on our page, we’ve started a Google Photos album for this event.  Check out the pics, feel free to download what you like, and if you have a Google ID (you do if you have a Gmail account), you can now add your Volleyball Marathon pictures to the collection!  Click the button to go to the album…