Everyone is invited to come out and play or just watch at the Jeremy Saxe 3rd Annual Memorial Volleyball Tournament from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at Amity High School, organizers said.
The event will give folks a chance to enjoy snacks and catch up with friends, even those who can spare only a few minutes to say hello. The tournament committee would love to see old friends and welcome new friends, organizers said.
The event is organized in a Sixes Coed Tournament style, so participants are asked to sign up as a team of 6 (at least two girls per team) or sign up as a single and get placed on a team. Players should submit their names individually (to be added to teams) or team rosters by email to email@example.com or at the Facebook Event page "Jeremy Saxe 3rd Annual Memorial Volleyball Game."
There is a suggested $5 donation for spectators and $10 for players. Refreshments will be available for purchase before and during the game. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.
The Jeremy Saxe Memorial Volleyball Tournament, established in November 2008 by volleyball teammates, honors Jeremy Saxe who lost his life on Sept. 4, 2008 from an undiagnosed heart condition: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, organizers said in a statement.
Saxe graduated Amity High School in 2005. He was an outstanding student, co-captain of the soccer, ski racing and volleyball teams and voted MVP for all three sports. He attended Lafayette College, where he maintained a 3.84 overall GPA as a philosophy major. In the spring of his junior year he studied abroad in Nepal where he fell in love with the country and its people and committed his future to international development, the statement said
While in Nepal, Saxe was given the Nepali name, Jiwan, which means "life" and Jiwanko Saathiharu translates to "Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life."
The foundation, which is building a school in Pharping, Nepal, also supports an Amity scholarship in Saxe’s name that is awarded annually to the student that best exemplifies his qualities, including: athletic ability, academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, sportsmanship and a sincere interest in improving the world and benefiting those who are less fortunate.
Over the past year the Foundation has been moving forward with plans for the building of a school in the village where Saxe lived as part of his home stay experience. Last summer, foundation directors spent 15 days in Nepal conducting meetings that were extremely productive and educational, the statement said. The foundation toured many governmental, community based, and private schools in and around Kathmandu. Meetings were held with representatives of the United Nations Development Program, UNICEF, UN Human Rights Commission, Nepal’s Undersecretary of Education, many international NGOs and national NGOs. the statement said.
"The highlight of the Nepal trip was a day-long meeting with A School for Community, a local grassroots NGO serving the community of Pharping. After reading Jeremy’s field study notes, including extensive interviews he had with the principals of ASC, they were delighted to meet with ASC and see how their programs had flourished since Jer had written his development paper on their initiatives in 2008. The exchange of ideas, and the energy level generated, was extremely encouraging. As a result of these meetings, the Pharping community agreed to donate the land to support a brand new 9-12 High School," the statement said.
To volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions can be mailed to Jeremy Saxe Foundation c/o SDV 1952 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06517.
The tournament committee thanks this year’s sponsors: Amity Mobil, Racebrook Wine & Liquor World, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. and Bruegger’s Bagels of Orange.