Tournament raises more than $1,000 for Casey Jones scholarship
Blacksburg High School Sports Marketing held its first ever Quidditch Tournament April 13 at Bill Brown Stadium to raise money for the Case Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Jones died March 19 after suffering a heart attack. He worked in the Montgomery County Public School System for 27 years.
The tournament raised more than $1,000.
Quidditch is a game played in the Harry Potter series, and it is becoming a huge addition to club sports at many colleges throughout the nation. Players “ride” (run) on brooms and attempt to score by throwing a soft soccer ball through one of three hula hoop-sized goals. Another part of the game is to capture a “snitch” – typically a small flying object. Each of the “houses” – Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor and Slytherin – were well represented by more than 40 BHS students who participated.
The tournament was sponsored by Y-Street, Virginia’s largest youth-led movement promoting a healthier lifestyle for children and adults. Y-Street members and BHS DECA students, Alexis Osimani and Emily Mertes, were the tournament managers. Y-Street members Kejdi Abazi and Samantha Ross surveyed attendees on healthy eating and exercise choices. More than 60 surveys were collected.
There was no charge to attend the tournament, but the students took in donations as part of a bigger plan.
“We lost a wonderful community member in Casey Jones last month,” Mertes said.
“He touched so many people through his dedication to education and sports. Our goal was to raise $1,000 for the Casey JonesMemorial Scholarship Fund through the event. We actually raised $1,255, and we are so happy we exceeded our goal.”
BHS Sports Marketing plans to make the tournament an annual event.
– Submitted by Kim Radford, Blacksburg High School
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