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The Mission Lions Club is getting dirty. Or is that muddy?

Well, at least the volleyball team members will be getting very muddy in the community’s very first Mud Volleyball Tournament being held next weekend on Saturday, June 8, in Alton.

Eight mud pits have been prepared, courtesy of the City of Alton, and over 35 teams have signed up for what is shaping up to be an exciting competition. Highlighting the “friendly competition” is a challenge match between the Mission Fire Department and the Mission Police Department. Rosie Sterling, event chairman for the Mission Lions Club, assured that this is a “non-competitive, recreational” tournament.

“This is going to be a fun, exciting day. I’ve never seen a pro at mud volleyball,” said Sterling.

It is all for charity, mixed with the fun, with profits to be used by the Mission Lions Club to support community needs such as Lions Eye Bank of Texas, Texas Lions Camp for children with disabilities, Mission Food Pantry, Comfort House, Special Olympics, eyeglasses for local schoolchildren, scholarships and more. The Mission Lions Club uses local fundraisers, such as the Mud Volleyball Tournament, to fund community projects.

In addition to the tournament, there will be lots of food booths provided by other local non-profits to benefit their organizations. These include Conway Avenue Baptist Church Youth Group—pizza and cotton candy; VMHS Booster Club—hot dogs, nachos, hot Cheetos with cheese and Frito pies; Boy Scout Troop 83/Venture Troop 8—funnel cakes, spiral potatoes and snow cones; Sharyland Leo Club—soft drinks and bottled water; Mission Police Academy—hamburgers with all the trimmings; Alton Fire Department—fajita, chicken and sausage tacos; Nuevo Amanecer – Fruit Cups and Chamoy apples; Mercedes Lions Club—kettle corn; and Donna Lions Club—tostados.

There is still room for other non-profit organizations to join in and raise funds for their charities by setting up a booth at no charge.

Local businesses, individuals and organizations are also invited to participate by sponsoring a team for the event. Individuals may sign up for a team for just $45, while team sponsorships range from $200 to $1000. Teams will consist of eight to 10 people.

“We will be holding meetings for the team captains and the vendors on Sunday, June 2. So, if you want to participate, sign up today so you can attend these briefings,” said Sterling.

Specially designed “Mud Volleyball” T-shirts will be guaranteed to all players who register by June 5. There will be awards for the top three teams. First, second and third place team members will get trophies, and the sponsors or team captains for the top three teams will receive photo plaques.

In addition, awards will be presented for Best Team Name, Best Team Costume and Best Decorated Tent.

For more information about sponsorships and teams, contact Sterling at 956-369-5775. For vendor information, contact Luciano Guerra at 956-458-6681, or email

The fun starts at 8:30 a.m. on June 8 at 4-3/4 Mile North Conway in Alton. The public is encouraged to join the fun and come out to support their community organizations.

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