Dozens play volleyball in mud for charity

IOWA PARK, TX (KAUZ) - Fourth of July celebrations started a little early at Gordon Lake in Iowa Park.

Dozens came out to compete in a mud volleyball charity tournament and it was all for a good cause.

It was the second annual Pay it Forward Pig Pen Mud Volleyball Charity Tournament. Each team chose what charity they want to donate the winning prize money too.

22 teams competed in the tournament and only the three finalists got a share of the prize money. The winner receives $375 for their charity.

"I never dreamed it would be like this today, never," Karla Neal the event organizer said.

The tournament was put together by the help of sponsors and the city of Iowa Park all for under $1,000 dollars, plus it was open to all ages.

One of the youngest teams was Bomb Squad made of young talented volleyball teens. The young girls all play together on a travel volleyball team.

"We are going to the championship, we are definitely going to win," Makenzie Hawkins said.

As confident as they were, they still admitted the mud may be their biggest challenge.

"It will probably be hard to jump, to hit and the funnest part will be to get down and dirty," Hawkins said.

The most eccentric team on the mud pool was Team America, a team made of friends and Wichita Police Department officers.

They were playing to raise money for one of their own, David Blackerby, who is battling throat cancer.

"He's been a good friend to most of us here," Tristin Dozar said. "He's been in the Wichita County area for a long time. Some of are law enforcement and we just felt it was the right thing to do."

The three finalists were Muddy Mutts (playing for Music for Mutts), Bad Mudders (playing for Hospice charity organizations) and Mud Slingers (Cook's Children Hospital).

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