¡ Love this volleyball tourney! by BETH ALTENA According to organizer Pete MacGregor, this year’s competition included 50-plus teams and added a whopping $12,300 to the dollars for Project Parent MD, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The total for the five years of Volley for Mitchell is pushing $42,000 to Project Parent MD. This year there were 180 players ranging in age from 10 to over 50. “We will take any age and skill level,” MacGregor said. The event is an offshoot of the ever-popular and ever-growing Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, in its 13th year. Named after Rockford resident Mitchell Peterson, now a 10th-grade student, the run has raised $625,000 over the past 12 years. Mitchell was diagnosed at a young age with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most devastating form of the disease, which always afflicts young boys. Over the years, Mitchell’s Run has become a huge event in Rockford and has raised awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the need to find a cure. “We are very thrilled with this year’s event,” said MacGregor. MacGregor, who is a former neighbor to the Peterson family, came up with the idea of Volley for Mitchell five years ago. He said not everyone is a runner, and he wanted to offer an alternative way to support the good cause of the Parent Project MD. The Score Restaurant was first to provide a venue for the competition, and MacGregor said he is very grateful for early supporters as well as new supporters—including AT&T, Integrated Strategies Inc., Walmart and St. Mary’s, who are all onboard for the first time this year. With clear skies and beautiful, if hot, weather, Volley for Mitchell went smoothly with youngest competitors playing at North Rockford Middle School and adults ending the day’s competition at The Score. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford is racing right up and is scheduled for August 20. The run is a 5K run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race is a family-fun event with live bands, music and a radio feed from LAV. Those not into running will nevertheless enjoy the one-of-a-kind day in downtown Rockford. They can cheer on the racers as they cross the finish line at the Squires Street bridge, purchase […]
Volley for Mitchell
Four additional courts at NRMS to be added to accommodate record participation Volley for Mitchell 4-on-4 Charity Volleyball Tournament turns 5 in 2011 and is receiving a birthday present from AT&T. Tournament organizers recently announced that the 2011 event will be underwritten by a generous gift from AT&T in the amount of $ 3,500. “When we sat around the bonfire in my backyard five years ago, I would have never dreamed that I’d be standing here receiving such a generous contribution,” Jeff Hartnagel commented. “It just goes to show you the commitment that businesses such as AT&T have for the greater good of our community.” In the four years since three friends, Hartnagel, Peter MacGregor and Bill Jackson, sat around that bonfire, Volley for Mitchell, a fundraiser named for Rockford’s Mitchell Peterson who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has raised over $ 30,000 for the Parent Project in its ongoing battle against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is the most devastating of the dystrophies diagnosed during childhood. To date there is no cure! The 2011 Volley for Mitchell tournament will once again be headquartered at the Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Dr. NE, which has donated the use of their courts since 2008. “The Score has been awesome, and playing on their courts is definitely a big draw for our participants,” said MacGregor. “Having the event at this venue is definitely a big factor in our success.” Saturday, July 30 is the date of the 2011 Volley for Mitchell tournament. Teams participating will be playing on the courts at the Score Restaurant & Sports Bar and beginning this year on the newly developed sand volleyball field located at North Rockford Middle School (NRMS), courtesy of Rockford Public Schools and the entire Rockford community. “These courts were built for the benefit of the community with funds from the 2008 recreation millage. I can’t think of a better event to be hosted on these new fields,” said Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. Details and an entry form can be obtained by contacting MacGregor, co-director of Volley for Mitchell, at (616) 866-3364 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going online to www.volleyformitchell.org. “We had over 150 participants last year. With four more courts, we […]
Mitchell Peterson, of Mitchell’s Run, pictured with some of the champion teams of this year’s Volley for Mitchell. “A lot of work goes into organizing this, but the day of the event it is all worth it.” Volley for Mitchell organizer Pete MacGregor said the four-on-four sandy volleyball tournament is a blast and for a great cause. In its third year this year the event raised $8,000 for Parent Project MD in cooperation with Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. MacGregor said the idea came up while he and the Peterson family were hanging out by a backyard campfire. “It’ a way to be involved if you aren’t a runner or walker,” MacGregor said. This year’s event was Saturday, August 8, a rainy day. Sandy Peterson, Mitchell’s mother, praised participants. “It was pouring rain at 8 a.m. and of 50 teams, only one didn’t show up,” she said. “It was a great turnout. We were very lucky to have Score let us take over that part of their business. They were very generous,” Peterson said. Co-chairs of the event are Bill Jackson and Jeff Hartnagel.
Sun and fun and the new sand courts at the Score Restaurant and Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Drive, is the site of this year’s Volley for Mitchell. In its third year, this event is open to all, and organizer Pete MacGregor would like to see more teen teams sign up. Middle school and high school age kids will have as much fun as the “weekend warriors” on this one-day event. On Saturday, August 8, play will begin at 8 a.m. but the money raised will be appreciated forever. All funds go to Project Parent, a Rockford organization which donates money to find a cure for Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy. Rockford’s Mitchell Peterson, who will enter eighth grade next school year, has rallied the town while he fights the disease. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford is coming up on Saturday, August 15 and is in its eleventh year. Last year’s event, which also included a family picnic, live bands, a silent auction and fun activities, raised an astronomical $72,200. Volley for Mitchell contributed $7,200 to that total last year and would like to top $10,000 with this year’s event. MacGregor said the day is sure to fun for all who participate. Last year over 150 people signed up for the four-on-four tournament. This year Score donated the use of its new sand, volleyball courts. There is a new sponsor, Timberland Pro, in addition to others, such as Print Rockford which donates printing, Rockford Ambulance, the Corner Bar and ChoiceOne Bank. State Representative Tom Pearce is expected MC again. The play is co-ed teams, although all-girl teams are accepted. It is rally-style scoring, points on every volley, first to 15, best two out of three win Match. First place wins a cool prize. The cost is $60 per team with another $25 to receive a t-shirt. More information is available at www.volleyformitchell.org. MacGregor said the idea was conceived when he was sitting around a campfire with Mitchell’s parents Sandy and Steve Peterson. MacGregor said he knows how much Rockford supports the family and their cause, and though this would be a good venue for those who aren’t runners. Watch for more on this year’s Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford or visit at www.mitchellsrun.org.