10th Annual Heather Harkness Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Edmond Santa Fe high school gymnasium
team Registration OPEN. DEADLINE November 5TH. No walk-ups!
Hundreds of people young and old gather each year in November to remember and honor Heather as a wonderful friend, teammate, student, and daughter who left many with her beloved memory. For those who personally knew her, she always had a smile to share and a story to tell. It was the wish of her family and the commitment of the Edmond Santa Fe DECA Chapter and the Lady Wolves Volleyball Team that helped launch the Heather Harkness Memorial Volleyball Tournament just three short weeks after her passing. With the devotion of many, the tournament has quickly grown into the largest recreational volleyball tournament in the southwest region of the United States. Over 700 participants and more than 60 teams compete annually and with the support of hundreds of sponsors the tournament has become a gateway for students to learn about real world business and marketing skills with an emphasis on understanding how to give back to the community.
Now, the event dedicates a major percentage of its net proceeds to the Heather L. Harkness Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation that funds the now notable, P.A.C.K. Scholarships. The P.A.C.K. scholarships are awarded to deserving high school graduates soon to be attending an Oklahoma university or college who demonstrate and exemplify twelve characteristics admired in Heather. In 2008, it was Heather’s own DECA class that established the criteria for this photo essay scholarship submission with four of the main characteristics being: Participation, Attitude, Character, and Knowledge—therefore forming, P.A.C.K.
All age co-ed teams of 6 people to 10 people. There MUST be at least two (2) people of opposite sex on the court during play.(exception for teams of all players being 12 years and under). Minimum of four (4) people on the court to play. Player is only allowed to play on ONE team during the tournament. Double elimination. Play time begins at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until play is complete. First aid/medical services will be available on-site at Edmond Santa Fe gym, provided by Integris.
Individual plaques or medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each division.
*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL* $35 per player = $210 per 6 person team ($35 per additional player, maximum ten players) plus a $1.00 processing fee per player. Each player on the team entry receives an official tournament t-shirt*, a meal card to Heather's Cafe featuring Heather's favorite foods and refreshments, and a 2017 tournament gift. The Edmond Santa Fe High School gym is the headquarter venue and will have energizing DJ/music, a childcare, and of course volleyball fun! Heartland will be the Power League venue for early rounds and teams will travel to Santa Fe High School gym for the finals and festivities. Team names must be in good taste and may be overruled if determined to be objectionable.
*The tournament t-shirt is designed and produced by SLATE, a local maker in Oklahoma City.
SPECTATOR FEE and SPECIAL activities:
ADMISSION: $7.00, includes 2017 tournament gift. (all admission proceeds are donated to support unfunded student club activities at Edmond Santa Fe High School.) Vintage collectible tournament t-shirts will be available for sale from $5.00 to $12.00 at the tournament (subject to availability).
HEATHER'S CAFE MEAL CARD: $7.00 (lunch, dessert and drink) Spectators are welcome to join players for a delicious meal in Heather's Café on the second floor of the Edmond Santa Fe gym featuring some of Heather's favorite foods provided by well known sponsors in the Edmond community.
SNACK CARD: $4.00 (valid all day for your choice of drinks or dessert).
CHINESE AUCTION: 5 tickets for $20.00 or $5 per single ticket. Choose from a special selection of gifts. Proceeds benefit the Heather Harkness P.A.C.K. Scholarship program and SFHS STUDENT ACTIVITY CLUBS.
CHILD CARE: Provided courtesy of the Edmond Santa Fe Spanish Honor Society, bring your kids(ages 2 years and up) for all day fun! (donations are appreciated and will benefit the Heather Harkness P.A.C.K. Scholarship program).