San Jac Volleyball to host Military Appreciation Tournament and festival
08.10.2016 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur
San Jacinto College volleyball has big plans for Labor Day weekend and invites the community to join the festivities at the team’s annual Military Appreciation Volleyball Tournament.
Games start on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 3-7 p.m., and continue on Friday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. There will be 12 teams from across the country competing. Each match will be the best of five series. Teams will follow the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament match start protocol.
A reception, with food sponsors that include Gringo's Mexican Kitchen and H-E-B, is scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m. for military service members and their families. Service men and women will be honored on Saturday, Sept. 3, during a veteran recognition ceremony in between games at 2:30 p.m. During that afternoon, a Bell UH-1V Iroquois “Huey” helicopter will land on the Central Campus courtyard and be available for photo opportunities. Additional highlights will include the Pasadena High School and La Porte High School color guards. Military recruiters will also be in attendance.
Music and tailgating activities will take place throughout the three days with food vendors that include the Pita Pit, Smoothie King and Smashburger.
Admission to the Military Appreciation Volleyball Tournament will be free for military veterans with ID and for children 8 years old and younger. General admission will range from $10 to $15, and San Jacinto College student admission with ID will range from $5 to $10. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Camp Hope, which provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat-related post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.