Spike Away Child Abuse This Saturday

  • Date: April 20, 2015
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

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The Methodist Student Nurses' Association is holding the 2nd Annual Spike Away Child Abuse Sand Volleyball Tournament on April 25.  Proceeds from the event will support organizations dedicated to preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Omaha, Nebraska- Persons from around the Omaha-Metro area are invited to participate in a volleyball tournament that seeks to raise awareness of and prevent child abuse.

The 2nd Annual Spike Away Child Abuse Sand Volleyball Tournament  will be held at Spikers Bar & Grill in Gretna on April 25 from 9:00 am to 3:00 PM.  The Methodist Student Nurses' Association (MSNA) invites coed teams of six or more to participate in the event, proceeds of which will go to support Team Amazing Amelia and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital's Shaken Baby Task Force.

Team Amazing Amelia was organized following a terrible incident involving a 9-month-old child who was shaken by a family friend.  Amazing Amelia's parents responded to this heinous event by dedicating their lives to preventing similar incidents within other families.  Two years later, Amazing Amelia is doing better than ever, and she and her family plan to attend this year's tournament.

"Events like this are crucial for raising awareness about serious topics that society isn't always comfortable talking about," said Rebecca Branstiter, event organizer and member of the MSNA.  "We have two goals with this event.  First, we want to be able to raise money for Amazing Amelia's family and the Shaken Baby Task Force.  Every entry into the tournament therefore goes to an incredibly worthwhile cause.

"But on a broader scale, we also want more people to realize the severity of this issue.  Actions have consequences, and one moment of abuse can have ramifications that last a lifetime."

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and citizens can do their part to prevent abuse by fielding a team of six or more and registering online at spikersvolleyball.com/2nd-annual-spike-away-child-abuse or by calling 402-332-4466.  Cost is $120 per team plus $8 for each additional player over seven people (extra players are welcome should a team want to use substitutes).

Players of all skill levels are invited to participate, with tournament brackets divided up based on round-robin style play throughout the morning.  Every participant will receive a free breakfast and t-shirt, and a break will be held for lunch.

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Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College- the Josie Harper Campus is a fully accredited, private health professions college. NMC, an affiliate of Methodist Health System, is one of the top 25 nursing and professional healthcare colleges in the nation. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, NMC offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees with programs offered on campus and online.