The life of Heather L. Harkness is celebrated and her memory is preserved the only way she would have wanted it to be—with love, laughter, friendship and a great deal of fun. Wearing #12 as a varsity and club volleyball player, the Heather Harkness Memorial Tournament was organized in 2008 to remember her many gifts that touched the lives of friends, teammates, coaches, teachers and in fact the entire volleyball community in Oklahoma, but especially in her home community of Edmond, Oklahoma.
Her passion for volleyball is shared by hundreds of people, young and old, who since 2008, have come together as friends to play for the joy of it. The tournament has continued to grow annually expanding to multiple sites. The funds raised in the past have supported two of Heather's favorites programs, Santa Fe High School Volleyball and DECA. This year the benefit and fundraising is being expanded to an school-wide community project which is very exciting! The net proceeds will benefit more student activity programs and build the scholarship fund to award to commendable students who embrace the characteristics admired and cherished in Heather.
To this day, Heather continues to remind us to lend a helping hand, lift the spirits of others and serve your community. She inspires us with her quote:
“It’s not how long you live, but how you live, and what you leave behind.” - HLH