Summer Slam firms schedule

Published 8:30 pm Friday, July 9, 2010

If you’re good at volleyball, cornhole, skateboarding or even just an old-fashioned water balloon fight, you’re going to want to make it to the Suffolk Summer Slam on Aug. 28 at Bennett’s Creek Park.

The event, sponsored by Impact Suffolk, not only will feature Christian bands, ministries and vendors geared toward teens and young adults, but also will have a volleyball tournament and other games to draw people in.

“We’re really putting a call out for volleyball teams, whether they happen to be from a high school, or whether they happen to be from a church,” Impact Suffolk president Dot Dalton said. “We want to have a really good volleyball tournament, and we are going to have a cornhole tournament.”

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The organization also plans an “H2O Challenge,” which will involve water balloons and catapults, Dalton said.

“It won’t be a free-for-all,” Dalton said. “But it will be water balloons.”

The H2O Challenge and cornhole tournament require four-player teams, with no age limit to play. For the volleyball tournament, teams should consist of four to six players, and each player must be at least 12.

Skateboarders also will have a place to have fun at the event. The Invoke Skate Ministry will be conducting demonstrations and allowing an open-skate time at the event.

“That is going to be a draw for the kids,” Dalton said.

Impact Suffolk typically sponsors several events each year to bless the community. When planning the events for this year, the leadership team felt led to do an something geared toward young people, Dalton said.

“That’s what God seemed to lay upon our hearts this year,” she said. “We really felt we were supposed to do something concentrated for the youth. We wanted to really do something special for the kids and their families.”

Dalton said there are numerous concerts and similar events in the area every summer, but teen- and family-friendly events are rare.

“You can’t find a Christian concert where the parents can feel comfortable sending their kids or bringing their kids,” Dalton said.

Bands at the event will include Hemotheory, Pursuing the Hero, Raiderz of the Lost and YouthQuest, and ministries such as Invoke Skate Ministry and Virginia Fire Team also will be on hand.

In addition to the planned activities, the tennis courts and playground at Bennett’s Creek Park will be open all day.

For more information about any of the games, call Hope at 539-5027 or visit For more information on the event, visit the website or search “Suffolk Summer Slam” on Facebook.