Northside volleyball team hosts first Ace Out Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders volleyball tournament

The Northside High volleyball team is hosting its first Ace Out Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders volleyball tournament on May 2 at the school's gymnasium.

Proceeds for the tournament will go to the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic in Columbus, which provides care for children suffering from cancer or other blood-related illnesses. Money will be used for craft supplies, toys for children during treatment, Band-Aids, IV bag decals and other items to entertain patients during infusions and clinic visits.

The tournament will consist of three divisions -- children's teams, noncompetitive teams and competitive teams -- and is open to all interested participants, regardless of age or gender.

The cost to enter is $200 for a team (minimum six players, maximum of 10) or $5 per child, who can register individually and get placed on a team according to age.

Prizes for the tournament include $250 for noncompetitive first place and $500 for competitive first place. All children will receive a medal in the children's division.

A number of public figures in the area's athletic community have already registered to participate in the event, including a team led by Hardaway basketball coach Kendall Mills, one consisting of Columbus State men's basketball coach Robert Moore and players from the team, and one consisting of the Columbus Cottonmouths, including coach Jerome "Boom Boom" Bechard. Outside the athletic community, sheriff John Darr is also putting multiple teams into the tournament, as are other police and fire stations.

Individuals interested in entering a team should contact aceoutpediatriccancer@gmail.com by April 27.