There has been quite a bit of volleyball at the Foley Event Center over the last month and attendance numbers are growing week to week. The 2019 Storm Invitational will continue the trend when it comes to town February 2 – 3.
The volleyball tournament will be the largest Foley Sports Tourism (FST) has held thus far with the 128 teams registered narrowly edging out the 126 that played in last year’s Gulf Coast Classic. The teams range in age from 7 to 18 and hail from around the USA Volleyball Gulf Coast Region, which includes Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
While it’s only the second time the event has been held in Foley, the Storm Invitational is in its sixth year. Tournament Director and Founder of Storm Volleyball, Nicole Keshock, said this tournament is about a lot more than just sports.
“This tournament is in honor of a former coach of Storm Volleyball, Kari Frazier,” Keshock said. “Kari played for me when I was a coach for the University of South Alabama. Kari became a Storm Volleyball coach to share her love of the game with our junior players. She was a fantastic coach and player. Volleyball was just not a passion, but her life. We celebrate her life and honor her with this tournament.”
FST Event Operations Coordinator Luke Persall said the staff is committed to honoring Kari’s memory by making this tournament a memorable one for all participants.
“We want to keep volleyball growing,” said Persall. “If we give every single one of these athletes an enjoyable time in Foley, we can keep them coming back, and continue to honor Kari’s memory in years to come.”
The 2019 Storm Invitational is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, February 2 and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 3. There will be a $5 admission fee per day for those 12 and up.
For more information on this tournament or any FST events visit our events page.