Join in on the fun at the HOPE Volleyball SummerFest
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 15 June 2012 09:36
Canada's capital city may not have nearby ocean beaches, but that does not mean its locals and visitors alike won't wear their best bathing suits for the annual HOPE Volleyball SummerFest. This exciting event taking place at Mooney’s Bay will include matches played on 80 sandy courts throughout the day, alongside fun family friendly activities and attractions that is all for a good cause.
Helping Other People Everywhere, or HOPE, is an events management organization that aims to improve and enhance the lives of people in need all over the world. The Ottawa-Carleton chapter will be hosting this friendly volleyball tournament and donating ticket sales, team fundraising gifts and some concessions to seven charities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children's Wish, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation. In the past, thousands have participated in the games and activities, while raising more than $3.5 million for roughly 100 charities to date.
This year the SummerFest celebrates its 30th anniversary and plans on hosting festivities bigger than ever. Roughly 1,000 teams will compete in various categories, such as the recreational level and competitive plus. Teams must be co-ed, but no volleyball experience is required to participate. Those hitting the court are encouraged to raise money to be donated.
While the volleyball matches go on during the day, there will be concerts at the massive HOPE Amphitheatre that will include Mother Mother, Ill Scarlett and Treble Charger. Three other bands that won a special contest presented by LIVE 88.5 will also perform; Down in Ashes, Heart and Mines and The Love Machine.
Alongside the games and music, guests can indulge in some of the tasty treats being offered by local establishments throughout the day. Not only will teams be served hot BBQ meals, but spectators can also purchase food from vendors, or buy a ticket to the HOT Zone Lounge area with drinks and snacks, sponsored by the 89.9 radio station.
Tickets for the concerts and access to all the other events can be purchased on the official website, or at the front gate on the day of the festivities. Travellers who attend the HOPE Volleyball SummerFest on their tours of Ottawa can do their part to give back to the local community while having fun on holiday.