Gaston volleyball tournament raises money for Least of These

Stories from her friends who have grown up in Foster care sparked a rising Highland School of Technology sophomore to create a volleyball tournament to raise money for Least of These Carolinas

“I’ve heard their stories and it’s just touched a place in my heart,” said Abby Fallin. “I just wanted to give back.”

On the last Saturday in July, Fallin and her “volleyball family” held the tournament at City Church off South New Hope Road in Gastonia. Sixty-four high school boys and girls made up 32 teams, and ended up raising more than $1,600 for the organization.

A Charity volleyball tournament was held Saturday, July 30, 2022, at City Church with all proceeds going to Least of These Carolinas.  A total of 32 teams, with two players on each, competed in the tournament to help the Gaston County-based organization that Advocates for Foster children.

But it wasn’t just money raised, but also awareness of the struggles a Foster child might face, Fallin said.

“Having the community out there opened their eyes to the Foster care community,” Fallin said, “and how fortunate we are and how others are not so fortunate.”

Fallin lives southeast of Gastonia off of Lowell-Bethesda Road. Two families in her neighborhood have had foster children. In one family, the parents adopted their two foster children. In the other, the Foster parents are moving towards adoption.

She knows the background of the children involved, and how different things have become with a nurturing family involved.

A Charity volleyball tournament was held Saturday, July 30, 2022, at City Church with all proceeds going to Least of These Carolinas, an organization based in Gaston County that Advocates for Foster care children across the state.

“I see how happy they are with their families,” she said. “It’s disheartening to know I have it so good and not everyone does.”

Fallin plays on the Highland School of Technology volleyball team, and also the Gaston Galaxy traveling volleyball team. Combining her favorite sport and helping others just made sense to her.

A Charity volleyball tournament was held Saturday, July 30, 2022, at City Church with all proceeds going to Least of These Carolina's.

“Volleyball is the sport that I love. It inspires me a lot so I figured it would be great to get people outside playing a sport and raising money for the Foster care program,” she said.

Least of These Carolinas began in Gaston County in 2013, and now operates as an Advocate for Foster children in more than half of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

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