Believers and nonbelievers will go head to head this weekend, but not in an Old Testament battlefield throwdown. Instead, it will be a volleyball showdown.
Members of Abundant Life Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit will face off against the Kansas City Atheist Coalition on Saturday in an atheists vs. Christians charity volleyball tournament.
Ed Croteau, a Sunday school teacher at Abundant Life Baptist Church, has taken the lead in putting the event together. He said this is an opportunity for groups with opposing views to come together and benefit a common cause.
The tournament begins at 2 p.m. at the church, 414 Persels Road in Lee’s Summit. It is open to the public and costs $5 to get in. All proceeds will go to the Drumm Farm Center for Children.
Croteau said the idea came about through a Facebook group the two groups use for discussion and debate. He said someone posed it as a joke and he ran with it.
“I said, ‘Let’s play some volleyball so I can smash some people in the face who don’t believe like I do,’” Croteau said lightheartedly.
Sarah Hargreaves, president of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition, said they wanted to make it worth everyone’s time, so they decided to do it for kids in foster care through Drumm Farm.
“People think think this is a cute, fun idea,” Hargreaves said. “So far we’ve had no negative feedback.”
Croteau and Hargreaves said the relationship the two groups have is great and the discussions are respectful and knowledgeable.
They hope to turn this tournament into a yearly event.
“This is the first time anyone’s tried something like this,” Croteau said, “and I really don’t know what to expect.”