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Volleyball 'Smackdown' to benefit Homes With Hope

Published 1:27 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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The Westport Youth Commission and local police will sponsor their third annual youth-adult Volleyball Smackdown on Saturday, May 11, to benefit Homes With Hope.

The tournament is planned on the Compo Beach volleyball courts from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and coincides with Homes With Hope's Castles in the Sand sand-sculpting contest at the beach.

Teenagers and adults can register as individuals or as teams of four to six players.

Registration fees are $5 for individuals and $20 for teams. All fees benefit Homes With Hope, the local nonprofit that operates homeless shelters, a community kitchen and food bank.

The Youth Commission billed the tournament as a "friendly competition."

Participants who register as individuals will be assigned to a team, and police officers will be on hand to fill out teams as needed. In addition to raising money for Homes With Hope, the tournament also aims to build relationships between youths and police.

Individual and team registrations may be done by email, at registration tables this week at Staples High School or up to 12:45 p.m. at the beach the day of the event.

Tournament brackets will be available before the games begin at 1 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, and Joey's By the Shore will provide lunch to the winners.

To register as a player or team or to volunteer, email Coordinator of Youth Services Elaine Daignault at elained@westportct.gov or call 203-341-1165.