Spanish Springs Volleyball Teams Spiked A Victory for Good Cause


SPARKS, Nev. -- Students and teachers from two local high schools are spending their Saturday evening at school and it's all for a good cause.

The fierce rivalry between the Spanish Springs Cougars and the Reed Raiders is undeniable, but this time, they were coming together give back.

"We can be rivals on the court, but we can also come together for a great cause," Spanish Springs senior, Gabby Szachara, said.

The volleyball teams took to the courts to claim a coveted trophy, while also helping to make sick children's dreams come true. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

"Leadership is about leading the community and what a better way than through a positive example," Spanish Springs junior, Ally Batastini, said.

The Spanish Springs leadership class organized the tournament, made up of both athletes and teachers who have never played volleyball before, who wanted to sign up to help the cause.

"Volleyball is a big part of our school," said Szachara. "Everybody loves it, everybody plays volleyball here pretty much and it's just a fun sport that everyone can do."

"It's good for the kids to get involved, raise some money for some kids who need to, to think of someone other than themselves," Matt Faker, Spanish Springs leadership teacher, said. "You know how it is when we're young, we're self-centered. There's nothing wrong with that, they're good kids, it's just this is good for them."

They didn't even mind sacrificing a day out of their weekend.

"It's one Saturday to give up for charity, I'm fine with that," Szachara said.

Spanish Springs came out on top and won the tournament, but the real winner Saturday night was the Make-A-Wish foundation. The teams raised more than $1,000 dollars.


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