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H.E.A.T. Co-ed Volleyball Tournament

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On April 12 and 13, the local home school group H.E.A.T. will sponsor a co-ed volleyball tournament. Twenty teams from Texas and Oklahoma will be playing. The community is invited to come and enjoy games at no charge in the D.L. Ligon Coliseum at MSU.

Homeschoolers in Wichita Falls first organized volleyball teams in 1999 with Nan Ehrsam at the helm. They practiced in the Colonial Baptist Church gymnasium. At that time, the homeschool organization was known as Wichita Falls Area Home School Support Group. The WFAHSSG later changed its name to Home Educators Around Texoma, or H.E.A.T.

In the 2008, Mrs. Ehrsam passed the torch to Dawn Schaffer who continues to coordinate the league. Currently, eight teams comprise the Wildcats league, an enrollment of 52 students. Numerous alumni of the league have gone on to volunteer as coaches to help continue the program. It is the single largest organized H.E.A.T. activity.

Last year, Mrs. Schaffer organized the first annual H.E.A.T. Classic, which drew 19 teams. Besides allowing our local teams to improve their skills by playing competitively against other leagues, it also allows our community to see what we have to offer homeschoolers in the way of sports. This tournament enables others in and around our homeschool community to be able to come and see what Wildcat volleyball is about.