FST Celebrates Labor Day with Volleyball

The Labor Day Classic will return to the Foley Event Center September 4 – 5 and bring with it some intense volleyball competition.

The event is open to girls volleyball teams in 7th grade, 8th grade, junior varsity, and varsity divisions. Now in its third year, the Classic has become established and is drawing teams from Tennessee, Florida, and around Alabama.

Tournament Director Shawn Weaver said that while they are excited to see the event grow, they are committed to making sure that growth never compromises safety.

“We are doing temperature checks, staggering start times, using fewer courts, and asking teams not playing to leave the playing area,” Weaver said. “We’re also using the Remind App to let teams know when to return to their court.”

Weaver said they have also tried to create a new way for spectators from around the country to catch the action. For the first time, Baller TV will be set up on each court and the games will be streamed live.

Foley Sports Tourism Event Operations Coordinator Chad Raybon said while COVID-19 has been a challenge it’s also brought the organization closer to its event planners.

“We share the Labor Day Classic’s commitment to safety and that’s why when they come to us with an idea that will assist in that mission we do all we can to make it happen,” Raybon said. “We’ve streamed events before and we are bringing that knowledge to the Classic which is doing it for the first time. Projects like these really help us work together to find solutions that keep everyone protected.”

The Labor Day Classic runs the evening of Friday, September 4, and all day Saturday, September 5. There is a $10 charge for admission. For more information on this tournament or any FST event visit our events page.