Blind Volleyball tournament helps set up people with special needs for success

Project Live held a Blind Volleyball Tournament on Saturday at the Holmen American Legion.

The tournament started with a round-robin phase that lead to the elimination round to crown the champion.

12 teams faced off on the Legion’s sand volleyball court with a tarp blocking the opposing team from view.

Matt Erickson, the second vice commander for the Sons of The American Legion, said the format helps eliminate the advantages of season players and puts teams on equal footing to claim the first place prize.

“Blind volleyball pretty much takes out the really good players and puts everybody on an even playing field. More or less, you don’t do any downward spiking,” said Erickson.

All proceeds from the event go to help transition 18 to 21 year olds with special needs in Holmen towards independent living. That includes help with daily living, recreation, social skills and workforce training.

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