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Tournament to raise money for Reading is Fundamental


JSU’s Circle K club is recruiting players for the “Spike for What’s Right” charity volleyball tournament in mid March.

All proceeds will benefit the Reading Is Fundamental program.

Reading Is Fundamental is just what it sounds like: a program that uses fun to motivate children to read more.

The largest nonprofit children’s literacy program in the country, RIF provides free books and other materials to kids from low-income families from birth to age 8. RIF’s mission has always been to inspire children by giving them a love of learning at an early age.

Hillarie Poole, Vice President of JSU’s Circle K, is excited about the tournament.

Poole works on numerous charity events each year but she says Reading is Fundamental is special.

“I enjoy all our philanthropic projects but I really love that this organization puts new books in the hands of underprivileged children who have never owned books before,” she says.

As a student herself, Poole says she can appreciate what an important role reading plays in the overall educational process. She’s proud that the JSU tournament will help the organization provide more books for more children.

Although Circle K was involved with a similar event in 2010, this will be the first time that JSU will host an actual tournament.

Poole says the volleyball competition is a great way for students to have fun while also contributing something to the community.

Teams will consist of six players each, competing in a bracket format.

The entry fee is $12 per team, or $2 per player.

Circle K will provide each team with scheduling details for the tournament.

The competition takes place March 14 from 1-7 pm at the Stephenson’s beach volleyball court.

To sign up for the volleyball tournament, contact Hillarie Poole at

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