On Aug. 6, volleyball players will get muddy in the name of charity.

On Aug. 6, volleyball players will get muddy in the name of charity.

The 22nd annual Grove City Mud Volleyball Tournament, which raises funds for the Meals On Wheels program, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd.

The cost is $150 per six-member team. Each team must have a minimum of two women, and players must be at least 18 years old. The tournament is a single elimination, but each team is guaranteed at least three matches, said city recreation superintendent Ed Merritt.

Teams can register at the parks and recreation office at 4035 Broadway, or by mailing or faxing a registration form available online at http://www. grovecityohio.gov/.

A few teams already have registered. Merritt said he expects 30 to 40 teams to participate. "It's a great event," he said.

Concession stands with food and beverages will be available next to the courts. Portable restroom facilities and portable showers are available within walking distance.

The city funds the event, and works with Beulah Park and the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio.

"It's a muddy, good time," Merritt said. In a volleyball court that's nothing but mud and water, players often duct tape their shoes on their feet so they don't fall off.

"Most people will be covered from head to toe in mud by the end of the day," Merritt said.

Grove City resident Todd Sigman has participated in the tournament off and on for about 15 years, first playing when he was about 18 years old. Now he plays with his siblings and their families. Given that the water is as deep as 10 inches, it's very hard to move around, he said, and it's also challenging to keep mud out of your eyes.

His family looks forward to the tournament every year, Sigman said. "It's great for the community," he said.

Last year, the event raised about $4,000 to provide meals to local shut-ins.

This year, the Grove City Area Seniors group chose Grove City resident Dave Tubbs as event honoree. Tubbs, 82, has been volunteering at the E.L. Evans Senior Center at 4330 Dudley Ave. for about 10 years.

"If it weren't for the senior center, many of us wouldn't get out of the house," Tubbs said.

Bev Longmire, city senior coordinator, said as far as she knows the Evans Senior Center in the city is the only location at which Meals on Wheels is served, and several fundraisers for the service are held annually.

Typically, 20 to 60 people show up daily for meals.

"You know that they're getting at least one good, balanced meal daily," she said, saying they also enjoy the companionship.