Columbian students volley for alumnus’ cause

Columbian High School’s student council is to host a volleyball tournament for Columbian students to help fund a former student’s project that helps people with paralysis adapt to ordinary life.

Elizabeth Kolbe attended Tiffin Middle School and, as an eighth grader, became paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident.

After graduating from Columbian in 2006, Kolbe attended Harvard University and Stanford University Law School. While at Harvard, she was on the women’s swim team. She also participated in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Kolbe now resides in Washington, D.C., and runs SPINALpedia, a program designed to help individuals with paralysis adapt to and live with their condition.

Hunter Star, president of Columbian Student Council, said council members have decided to host a volleyball tournament to help fund Kolbe’s program.

Teams are to consist of six to eight students and divided into male and female brackets. Tentatively, the tournament is to take place 4-9 p.m. Friday and 2-9 p.m. Saturday.

Stark said times could change based on how many teams register.

All proceeds from the trounament are to go to Kolbe, Stark said.

“We just wanted to do something fun for students this spring, along with help(ing) an alumnus,” Stark said.

Admission to the event is $2.

“We just want people to come support our school and help alumnus Beth Kolbe in her mission to improve others’ lives,” Stark said.

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