From left -- Navy volleyball administrator Loretta Lamar, senior team captain Katey Geary, senior Amanda McHenry, senior Ashley Van Hartesvelt, head coach Mike Schwob.
Sept. 20, 2004
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The volleyball teams from Navy, Air Force, Army and The Citadel combined to raise $3,650 at the Sept. 10-11 Armed Forces Volleyball Tournament in Annapolis, it was announced today by Navy head coach Mike Schwob. All of the money will be donated to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund to benefit families who lost relatives in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America.
"It was a wonderful weekend," said Schwob. "I appreciate the efforts of each of our visiting coaches and players in the weeks leading up to and during the tournament itself. Everyone was on board with this tournament from the first time we discussed it last fall. Without their assistance and willingness to go the extra mile, this weekend would not have been the success it was.
"The academies and their students share so many similarities. That camaraderie was evident at the tournament banquet, at the youth clinic and throughout the weekend. This may have been the first time they have collaborated together on a project, but as they graduate and begin their service commitment they will find themselves working with each other on a regular basis."
The money was collected through the fund raising efforts of each team prior to traveling to Annapolis, as well as through the donations of fans attending the tournament. The U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 1974 also made a donation to sponsor and help cover many expenses for the tournament.
Fund raising in connection with the U.S. Naval Academy women's
volleyball tournament on September 10 and 11, 2004, was sponsored by the
U.S. Naval Academy and will benefit the Families of Freedom Scholarship
Fund(r), created by Scholarship America(r) to provide educational
assistance to the children and spouses of 9/11 victims through the year
2030. This fund raising project, the volleyball tournament and the four
institutions participating in the tournament are not affiliated with
Scholarship America. For information about the Fund, visit