Monday, November 24, 2014

Spiking to Make a Difference: From Amity to Nepal

The Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Extravaganza will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the CT Sports Center, 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge

Area volleyball players and fans will return for an annual community event that benefits the children of "the beautiful, spiritual, but impoverished nation of Nepal" and also supports an annual Amity scholarship in memory of Jeremy Saxe. according to a release.

"Due to the tremendous turn out in past years, the tournament has returned to the larger facility with multiple courts provided by the CT Sports Center which allows more playing time for teams and a refreshment area offering food, beer and wine for spectators," according to the release

"Come out and play or watch, connect with friends home for the holiday, and learn about the Foundation’s progress in Nepal. Enjoy delicious homemade treats from our community bake sale and shop for unique holiday gifts handcrafted by our friends in Nepal."

The event is organized as a Sixes Coed Tournament, with a competitive and casual bracket, so please 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.

To Register: Players should submit their names individually (to be added to teams) or their team rosters, bracket preference and T-shirt sizes by email or at the Facebook Event page ("Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Extravaganza" ).

There is a suggested $5 donation for spectators and $15 for players. The first 100 players signed up will receive an event T-shirt.

Also in the release:

All proceeds support Jiwanko Saathiharu: Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, Inc., an independent social development organization with 501(c)3 tax exempt status formed by Jeremy’s friends, colleagues and family members. the Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament, established in November 2008 by volleyball teammates, honors Jeremy Saxe who tragically lost his life on September 4, 2008 from an undiagnosed heart condition: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The Foundation funded Clara’s Childcare Center with memorial donations given in honor of Jeremy’s grandmother, Clara Sokoloff (1920-2010). On September 7, 2011, during UNESCO’s International Literacy Day celebration, Clara’s Childcare Center was inaugurated as the first childcare center in Pharping, Nepal!

The childcare center furthers the Foundation’s development objectives by improving outreach for the women’s literacy program and providing quality care school readiness, and early education to the children. Clara’s Childcare Center empowers women of the Village of Pharping by providing care for their young children while they attend the Women’s Community Literacy School.

Clara’s Childcare Center has served as a model that has now been replicated in the surrounding villages, multiplying the impact of donors on the lives of these families, especially the children!

These children will then have a strong start when they attend the Foundation’s signature project school: Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya ("Friends of Life/Friends of Jeremy Place of Learning"). Jiwanko Saathiharu Sikshyalaya is planned as a community-based "School for Future Leaders." The school will be open to all castes and ethnic groups providing American style education and emphasizing critical thinking and analysis with rigorous academics. The school will promote good global citizenship while fostering a love of Nepal that encourages students to build a better future for Nepal. To read more the foundation brochure can be accessed by clicking here.

Please view a video thank you from the children of the village of Pharping, Nepal at JiwankoSaathiharu’s Channel - YouTube

The vision of Jiwanko Saathiharu, "Friends of Jeremy/Friends of Life," is to become a strong international team based on enduring friendships built on mutual respect and shared values, working together to inspire global action, connecting people across borders, and transforming hearts and minds through the development of cultural programs that educate, create dialogue, and build community. It is the hope of the Foundation that the lives of its donors and volunteers will be touched as deeply as the lives of its recipients when they witness their investment coming to fruition, making our world a better place.

To sign up, volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail: or Contributions can be mailed to Jeremy Saxe Foundation c/o SDV 1952 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06517. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

The tournament committee thanks this year’s generous sponsors: Racebrook Wine & Liquor World, Jamba Juice, Winkle Bus, Orange Fence & Post, Sponge Brothers Car Wash, Amity Auto Repair (f/k/a Amity Mobil), Webster Bank, Ted’s Cleaners, Anderson Automotive, Rauch Family Dentists and Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.

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