K-Kids take part in Volley for Valor event
The Northampton boys’ volleyball team dropped two contests last week, but picked up an important victory off the court.
Before the K-Kids’ match against Emmaus on Wednesday, May 2, the team participated in its Volley for Valor ceremony with members of local military offices and representatives from Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor.
On April 11, the team began a 22-push-up challenge for 22 days. On the final day, the K-Kids invited the Green Hornets, members of the girls’ volleyball team, military recruiters and enlisted students to finish the challenge with them.
The team partnered with Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor to raise awareness of the struggles some Veterans face and the benefits of having the assistance of a service dog. Multiple dogs within the Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor program have been named after soldiers with Northampton ties. Its newest puppy in training is named Geiger after Sergeant Christopher Geiger, a 1983 graduate of Northampton.
Following the push-up challenge, members of the boys’ volleyball team introduced their relatives in attendance that have previously served.
The Hornets defeated the K-Kids 25-17, 28-26, and 25-17, but for one night in Schneider Gymnasium, the boys were proud to be a part of something bigger than the game.
Northampton will wrap up its regular season with a home match against Nazareth on Thursday, May 10.