Sometimes doing something good for other people requires getting downright filthy.
The 3rd Annual Muddy Balls Volleyball Tournament is looking for teams to participate Aug. 2 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds arena to benefit Kaiden Pacheco, an 8-year-old Hilmar girl who is battling stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant tumor that attacks muscles.
In early April, Kaiden was diagnosed with the cancer and her father, Paul Pacheco, says she has fought hard while enduring massive radiation treatments at Children’s Hospital in Madera.
A family friend, 14-year-old Erin Benning, started Karing For Kaiden to raise money for her family which eventually got the attention of Muddy Balls Volleyball organizers David Magina and Jerry Powell, who will donate all proceeds from the event to Karing for Kaiden.
Registration for the tournament cost $35 per person with a minimum of nine people per team. The deadline to register is July 26 with no exceptions. The price increases to $40 per person if teams register one week within the July 26 deadline.
If you’re feeling extra dirty and simply want to try out your own skills for fun, the cost is $15 to those not participating in the tournament.
Rules stipulate that teams must have three women on the muddy volleyball court at all times.
No outside food or beverages will be allowed in the arena, however food, beverages and alcohol will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring their photo ID, cash (no ATM, check or credit) and their own pop-ups canopy and chairs.
The doors open at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. DJ Jimmy from Turlock and other Dj's from Modesto, Merced, Tracy, Livermore, & Pleasanton have all volunteered shifts and will be on-hand to play groovy tunes.