State College Area High School Key Club is putting students’ competitive instincts to a charitable use.
The school’s annual all-night volleyball tournament kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and the final serve isn’t expected to occur until about 8:30 the following morning.
The tournament, a staple of State High for more than two decades, is the Key Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has already raised $19,000 that will be spread across organizations like Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, Centre County Women’s Resource Center, CROP Walk and other charities.
“We spent a whole meeting talking about what does it mean to give locally and they thought long and hard about who they wanted to give to this year,” Key Club adviser Allayn Beck said.
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Participating students registered as teams, with each player responsible for raising $100 in donations plus the $20 registration fee. Once the games begin, the students will face not only each other, but a team of teachers and faculty members. In the past, participants have brought air mattresses, televisions, and even PlayStations to help get them through the night.
“I think that the students like the idea of having an all-night sleepover at school,” Beck said.