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10th Bradley volleyball tourney this weekend

Posted by Caitlin Rung  August 13, 2010 10:04 AM

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For the past 10 years, the friends and family of former Beverly resident Ben Bradley have played in an annual volleyball tournament to honor the life of the college sophomore who died in a drunken driving accident in 2000.

The two-day beach volleyball tournament, which raises money for a foundation in Bradley’s name, has been continually successful since his family organized the first game.

“His two sisters actually came up with the idea,” said Eric Tosi, one of Bradley’s high school classmates. “Beach volleyball at West Beach was Ben’s favorite summer activity.”

According to Tosi, approximately 50 teams participate every year and people come from all over to join together and preserve Bradley's memory.

“More important than the fund-raising, the tournament has become an annual event for family, friends, and former classmates to head to West for the weekend and remember Ben,” Tosi said. “It has been interesting to see a lot of his best friends now 10 years later, some with children of their own, some living outside the state, all return for the tournament and enjoy the weekend at West.”

This year’s event will be a double-elimination tournament. Preliminary rounds will be held Saturday and Sunday morning, with the final matches and champions crowned on Sunday afternoon. There will also be a raffle going on all weekend.

Cost of the tournament is $35 per player, which includes the tournament, a T-shirt, and a post-tournament cookout. Those looking to watch the games and attend the cookout can purchase tickets for $12.

Registration forms and tickets are at the Bradley home on 3 Dyer Road in Beverly Farms and at Todd's Sporting Goods, 393 Cabot St.

For photos of previous tournaments, go to this Facebook page.




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