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Nonprofits get Muddy with a Mission
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Sixteen teams played in last year's inaugural Muddy with a Mission mud volleyball tournament. - photo by Photo Contributed

Three local nonprofits are starting a mud fight and hope the community will join in.

The Turlock Pregnancy Center, Prodigal Sons and Daughters and the Turlock Gospel Mission will host the 2nd annual Muddy with a Mission mud volleyball tournament fundraiser and community outreach event on June 13.

Along with a mud volleyball team tournament, there will be a kids’ mud pit, artisan fair, petting zoo and food vendors.

"It's just a fun, family day," said Turlock Pregnancy Center Executive Director Gena Larson.

Last year, the event drew 16 volleyball teams and around 500 attendees.

One of those participating was Mike Hibdon, executive director of Prodigal Sons and Daughters, a faith-based addiction recovery ministry in Turlock.

Hibdon said he signed up to play in the inaugural mud volleyball tournament last year to support the event, but found it much more fulfilling.

"I wasn't expecting to have fun, but I got in there and it was a blast," he said.

For Hibdon, one of the best things about the day was being there with his family.

"I have three children, an 8, 5 and 4 year old, and it gave them an opportunity to get dad in the mud and they loved it. Those are memories that will last forever," he said.

There is still time to register a team for the tournament, by visiting

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 at 1901 Auto Mall Dr., in Turlock.

Hibdon said the event is also great for companies looking for an activity.

"It's a great team-builder," he said. "You get to see your co-workers in a whole different way in the mud."