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Mud Volleyball To Benefit Young Advocates June 24

Registration begins soon for the 2017 Mud Mania Volleyball event. This scene from 2016 illustrates some of the fun but, don't worry, if you don't want to get muddy sponsorships are available.

Community members are encouraged to get down and dirty against drugs at the 24th annual “Mud Mania” volleyball event June 24 at Smithville Lake beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Kelsey Short Area #4, 17201 Paradesian St., Smithville, Mo.

Teams of six to nine male and/or female players will compete for first, second and third place prizes in the double-elimination tournament.

Due to the growing popularity of the event, pre-registration online is encouraged. Online registration and pre-payment of a fee of $10 per person will be open until June 16. On-site registration the day of the event will be $15 per person. To pre-register, visit and click on “events” or find the event on

All money raised by the event from team fees and sponsorships will help fund substance abuse prevention programming in area schools and legislative efforts on behalf of Youth With Vision, a student leadership advocacy council in the Northland. The group, composed of dedicated high school students from Clay, Platte and Ray counties, has been nationally recognized for their success in changing social norms by educating their peers about the reality of the negative impact substances have on their health and futures.

In 2016 the national Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honored YWV as the Youth Advocates of the Year.

Mud Mania court sponsorships are available at the $100-Bronze to $1,000- Platinum levels.  Sponsors will have their logo displayed on t-shirts, court signs, banners, and a complimentary team depending on the level of sponsorship.

While YWV has the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, the young advocates also depend on the generosity of community members and organizations for funding, and “Mud Mania” is one of their most significant fundraisers.

According to prevention professionals, one in five Northland youth will be drinking by age 12, and the abuse of synthetic drugs, marijuana and prescription drugs in the area are at epidemic levels. Youth With Vision members are dedicated to the prevention of teen alcohol and drug use.

For more information contact Tri-County Mental Health Youth Prevention Specialist Kelsey Prather at or 816-877-0496. 

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