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Alumni Volleyball ReunionOver fourteen alumni, their spouses, and children were part of our first ever Alumni Volleyball reunion held Friday-Saturday, October 2-3, 2009. It was exciting to see our alumni back on campus and a great delight to meet some of their children (ranging from 2 weeks to 12 years) for the first time. The ratio of ‘adult to child’ was 1 to 1—a delightful reality that created an event full of excitement and youthful ‘noise.’ Our CCC students enjoyed seeing kids running around a predominantly adult campus, helping to take the edge off of missing younger brothers and sisters who they left behind when they came to school.
Our event began with a Friday afternoon volleyball practice and evening open gym. Several of our alumni practiced with Coach Denny’s team, hoping they still had ‘it’, while others confirmed the fact that they lost ‘it’ many years ago. To be honest, they were just as happy to sit around and chat with each other, catching up on old news or talking about their child-raising experiences.
On Saturday, the group reunited at our indoor picnic of grilled chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, cookies, and chips. Thanks are due to Dr. Carl Martin (’77) for giving up his Saturday to be our grill master. During the picnic, alumni director Ben Puckett presented Coach Denny a dozen roses and a Faithful Servant plaque for her 20 years of ministry at the college and, in particular, to the young ladies who were part of her past teams.
Later, our guests met in the gym for the contest between the 2009 CCC volleyball team and the Lakers from Lake Sumter Community College from Leesburg, FL. It took three quick games to defeat the Lady Lakers (25-17, 25-17, and 25-11). Between games two and three, each alumni volleyball player took the end line again, was officially introduced to the crowd, and presented with a carnation bouquet provided by the alumni association. The weekend ended with an ice cream fellowship in the gym served by the current CCC team.
Special thanks to CCC alumnus Sarah Puckett Taylor (’99) who designed the reunion tee shirt every participant in attendance received.
To see more photos, click VB Reunion Photos. For a list of alumni who attended, click Reunion Participants below.