The first annual Mudd Volleyball Tournament, held by Comal County Habitat for Humanity, started promptly at Saturday morning and lasted well into the afternoon at River City Range in New Braunfels. The weather, though temperatures reached the high 80s, couldn’t have been better for some friendly volleyball in the mud. To play in the tournament, people could register in co-ed teams of six to 10 members and had to be at least 14-years-old to participate.
Each team was guaranteed at least six games to play, and although the organizers kept score, the purpose of the tournament was strictly recreational. The winning teams advanced to the playoffs, and then the final undefeated team was named the winner of the tournament. During the day, participants and observers could purchase food, drinks and T-shirts to remember the muddy afternoon.
This year, the tournament was a fundraiser to raise money for Comal County Habitat for Humanity. Clint Cronin, a board of director and president of Comal County Habitat for Humanity, said the nonprofit organization has built at least 30 homes in the community since 1993. Their goal this year is to build four houses, which is two more than the organization normally builds every year.
With the funds raised from the Mudd Volleyball Tournament, as well as from four other signature events during the year, Comal County Habitat for Humanity hopes to achieve this goal. Cronin, who has been a volunteer at the organization for the last 10 years, and the president for the last two, is confident they can make that happen.
“This event exposes Habitat for Humanity in the community, which is good for us,” Cronin said. “We might not be seen at other activities, so this event is a great opportunity for us to get the word out. In a growing community, there is a need here, and we are trying to satisfy it. Today, people are having a great time playing in the mud and water and enjoying the companionship. Everyone always has more fun in a group.”
Cronin firmly believes that Comal County Habitat for Humanity, and the many events put on throughout the year, could not exist without the continued support of the community and the volunteers who selflessly give their time.
Nathan Weir, the executive director at Comal County Habitat for Humanity, agrees with Cronin and hopes to see the event grow exponentially next year.
“We have 14 teams this year, and we hope to have double next year,” Weir said. “We wanted to give this event a shot because it’s an event that hits a different demographic. Also, it was publicized as a recreational event and not something too competitive, so you don’t have to be a super volleyball star to play. There are some new people who have seen it and are already planning on playing next year. So that makes me happy.”
Marzena Marroguin, a New Braunfels resident who participated in the tournament with her twin sister and friends from church, is already making plans to get another team together next year.
“Well, we all go to church together and fellowship together, and this is good for the community,” Marroguin said. “It’s fun, it’s teamwork and we always want to get together and help where we are needed. We’re getting muddy for a mission.”
Unfortunately, our CBHarper team only won 2 out of 6 games, but fun was had all around! Great job everyone for a great cause!
For more information about Comal County Habitat for Humanity and the upcoming events, visit their website at www.comalhabitat.org.