Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – Lancaster High School alumni volleyball players will host a one-day volleyball tournament on October 15, 2016 in honor of former volleyball team Captain LaMeysha Durham who died from cancer in July.
The tournament will serve as a fundraiser to raise money for a memorial fund, established through Regions Bank in honor of Durham to benefit her three children.
“We were all truly devastated by the loss of our teammate and friend,” former teammate Kimberly Simpson, said. “We wanted to do something to honor LaMeysha as well as step up as a team to support her three children. We feel that donating to their college fund is what she would have wanted because she valued their education.”
Players from 1990-2014 are organizing the tournament with current Lancaster ISD Athletic Director and former Head Volleyball Coach Beverly D. Humphrey who coached Durham from 1998-2000.
“LaMeysha was a stand-out athlete and team leader. Her teammates had no problem following her because she led by example on an off the court. She is someone that I will truly miss,” Humphrey expressed. “I’ve seen these girls pick one another up during difficult times and this is one of those times. We are going to play for Meysha and honor her life.”
Tournament play will begin at 9 AM in the Lancaster High School Competition Gym and will consist of five rounds of games with the championship game beginning at 2 PM. The former players held practices throughout the month of September to prepare for the tournament.
“We take volleyball seriously and this tournament is no different. All of us are working professionals with careers, families, and everything else in-between, but we made time to practice in preparation for this tournament,” former teammate Jhoana Cayme said. “This is such a worthy cause and it’s the least we could do to honor our sister in heaven.”
Entry fee into the tournament is $5 and all proceeds will be donated to the LaMeysha Durham Memorial Fund at Regions Bank. Those who can’t attend the volleyball tournament but still want to donate may email Kimberly Simpson at KimberlySimpson@LancasterISD.org.