Global Connections Doubles the Fun at Sand Volleyball Tournament

The Glabes are ready to receive the ball! From left to right: Emily C., Stephanie W. Katy G., Nina W., Ashly R. and Caroline G.

The Glabes are ready to receive the ball! From left to right: Emily C., Stephanie W. Katy G., Nina W., Ashley R. and Caroline G.

Global Connections entered two teams in Project Walk-Kansas City’s first annual sand volleyball tournament held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Volleyball Beach in Kansas City, Missouri. The sun was out and temperatures soared with fun had by all.

The recreational division was represented by the all-girl team, The Glabes (Global + Babes = Glabes). The roster included Emily C., Stephanie W., Nina W., Katy G., Caroline G., Ashley R. and Leslie C. The competitive division was led by Global Connections’ own President and CEO, Tom Lyons, with Stacey G. and Karl M. of Global Connections and past employee Kelley B. with her husband Keith and Dana (a sub).

“I thought the event was great. Competition was fairly matched so no complete blowouts. The raffle was a fun intermission to have a cool drink. Overall we had a good time,” said Stephanie.

Katy added, “It was so much fun. Our team got better as the night went on. We represented Global well!”

“I have played volleyball most of my life and I’ve come to love the sport. Getting to share that with coworkers and see some of the great people that I know from work out on the sand having a good time was a cool experience. Doing it all for charity was even better. I had a great time,” said Karl.

This was the first volleyball tournament organized by Project Walk-Kansas City. The day’s event included 15 recreational teams and eight competitive teams in two divisions, a player’s raffle and two buy-in raffles. Keith, won $25 cash in the player’s raffle and Tom won the GoPro camera in the buy-in raffle.

While both Global Connections teams lost in the first round of bracket play, Project Walk was the big winner. The event raised $5,300 for the nonprofit spinal cord recovery center.

“We did better than we expected and are considering having the event next year. We really appreciate Global Connections entering two teams,” said Chris Smith, Event Organizer and Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Specialist for Project Walk–Kansas City.