By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Women in Safe Homes (W.I.S.H.) and Muskogee County Council of Youth Services (MCCOYS) have announced the 9th Annual Mudstock Mud Volleyball tournament, presented by Creek Nation Casino.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 11 at Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and games begin at 10 a.m.
Held on the river’s edge, this year’s tournament expects to have over 60 teams participating in the event – all prepared to get down and dirty in the mud.
The event is held to bring awareness of and to help raise much-needed funds for Women in Safe Homes and Muskogee County Council of Youth Services, both local, non-profit organizations that serve Muskogee County.
“This is MCCOYS’ and WISH’s 9th year to host Mudstock,” said Sam Harper, MCCOYS board member and event organizer. “The funds raised help support the services provided by both agencies. For a full list of programs offered by MCCOYS please visit www.mccys.org.”
At Mudstock, teams will battle it out for prizes and bragging rights as the one reigning champion.
According to Harper, participating teams continue to come from all over Northeast Oklahoma, including Fort Gibson, Tahlequah, Wagoner, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, and as far away as Stringtown and Oklahoma City.
“Players also bring with them family and friends to watch and support their efforts, and we have received enthusiastic and positive feedback about what a spectacular event we have with Mudstock,” Harper said.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners for the numerous competitions that will be held throughout the day. A variety of activities will be offered in the Kid Zone.
MCCOYS’ goal is to improve the lives of families through quality prevention and intervention services. It is focused on serving the community regardless of sex, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, belief and/or national origin. A community-based provider, MCCOYS’ provides programs for pregnant, IV using women, and IV drug using individuals.
Other programs include: Community At Risk Services (CARS), Drug Court Program (Adult and Juvenile); First Offender Program, Outpatient Behavioral Heath, Substance Abuse, Foster Care, and the Allaxis Home for Boys.
Funds donated are tax deductible and go directly into the Muskogee Community.
WISH is a domestic violence service near Muskogee that provides support and housing to women and their children victimized by domestic or sexual abuse.
For nearly 30 years, WISH has provided support groups and life skills classes that help with economic empowerment, parenting, proper nutrition, and self-esteem.
Certified through the office of the attorney general, WISH operates a 24-hour crisis line and provides legal and resource advocacy. To learn more call, 918-682-7878.
New this year is online registration and fundraising. By visiting the website, teams can now raise the entry fee by selecting the “Create or Join Team” button. There, team players can be added and begin raising funds for MCCOYS and WISH.
Registration is also available by texting MUDSTOCK to 71777 to create or join a team.
For more information or to become a sponsor, visit mudstock.org, email [email protected] or call 918-351-7700