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Habitat for Humanity marks 25th anniversary

May. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, for which volunteers have been getting dusty and dirty at home-building sites for decades, will ring in its 25th Anniversary by getting down and dirty in a new way.

The nonprofit that helps people in need of affordable housing will host an inaugural Mud Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, June 15, in Hurricane.

Sixteen teams of six will compete in foot-deep courts of mud during the single-elimination volleyball tournament to crown a champion and help raise money to continue Habitat's mission of building homes.

Along with the muddy volleyball action, there will be music, food and drinks, so spectators are welcome.

"We knew we wanted to do something special for our 25th anniversary," Ken Adams, Habitat's development director, said in a news release. "Our construction volunteers have been getting dirty at our home builds for years. Mud volleyball is a fun way for us to capture some of that construction atmosphere and give others the chance to get down-and-dirty for our great cause."

It its 25 years of existence, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam has built 154 homes throughout Kanawha and Putnam counties, providing an opportunity for homeownership to low-income residents through no-profit and no-interest mortgages.

Team registration for the volleyball tournament has just begun, and there are still sponsorship opportunities available. To learn more or get involved visit Habitat's website at HFHKP.ORG or contact Adams directly at 304-720-0141, ext. 16.