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Cardinal Stritch volleyball coach John Kazmaier and Northview coach Tony Geer are no strangers.

They coach together in the same club with Glass City Volleyball, and they were asked over the summer if they wanted to get their teams together to raise money for charity.

On Aug. 20, Stritch and visiting Northview raised more than $1,600 for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center of Northwest Ohio.

The event was sponsored by Glass City Volleyball, a Junior Olympic-style program that runs from January through May. Kazmaier, in his first season at Cardinal Stritch, coaches a 17-year-old squad with Glass City, which competes in Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

"The ages go from 8-18, and there were 32-35 teams last season with 10-12 girls per team," Kazmaier said.

He said raising money for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center came about a few years ago as part of the Blue Pumpkin campaign.

"That was started by a club volleyball player, who is only about 12 years old now," Kazmaier said. "She started raising money for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center of Northwest Ohio. She lives in Sylvania and she decorated pumpkins blue and made some money and donated that money to the charity.

"The Ohio High School Athletic Association started a 'service week project' with basketball last year and moved it into volleyball this year. We had a chance to play for a charity we wanted to choose, so we (Stritch and Northview) got hooked up with that."

Kazmaier said attendance was "pretty decent" at the Aug. 20 scrimmage with Northview.
"We had probably 100-200 people," he said. "The money was raised with ticket prices, and some people gave extra donations. We had a 50-50 raffle and there were T-shirts for sale with the charity name on there. They sold those for profit, also.

"I like doing things like that, personally. It's nice to give a little something back. Whitmer has done it and Cardinal Stritch has done it. We'd like to do it again. We'll be raising money for breast cancer with the Susan B. Komen Foundation. We're probably looking at playing Toledo Christian as our "pink" game sometime in September or the beginning of October."




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