MONTVILLE, NJ – If you stopped by Montville Township High School on Feb. 24, you saw some crazy costumes on the volleyball players, but it was all for a good cause.
The students at the school were participating in the 36th annual Key Club volleyball marathon, which raised more than $11,000 for Erika’s Lighthouse, New Jersey Federation of Food Banks, and Adrenal Cancer Research (A.C.C. Cure) according to Key Club president Mackenzie Lake.
Key Club is the student offshoot of the Kiwanis Club, a community-oriented service club.
“More than 75 teams played,” Lake said. “The rules were like a normal volleyball game and the first round of games was five minutes, the second round was six minutes, and then the final three rounds were played to points: 11, 17, and 21 points.”
The students paid $10 to enter the competition, and dressed up in costumes with a theme. This year’s theme? “Celebrations.” Team names included “Boxing Day,” – all players dressed as boxers; “Arbor Day” – one player dressed as a bush and another team member had green hair; and “Oscars” – the players wore t-shirts that looked like tuxedos.
"It's really fun to design costumes and play volleyball with friends,” said senior David Natanov. “Plus it’s all for a good cause."
The big winners were Team Baseball, composed of seniors Kyle Billand, Jared Bornstein, Dhruv Dang, Paul Demetropoulos, Robert Dunn, Geetam Patchigolla, Nick Ryan and Jacob Slavitt.
“I can’t believe we won,” said team captain Dhruv Dang. “It was an amazing team effort. We picked each other up whenever any of us made a mistake. It’s just an awesome way to end our last volleyball marathon at MTHS.”