Serving in the Sunsphere
By Addie Morton
October 1, 2014
The Central volleyball team recently volunteered at the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb. The event gave the girls a way to give back to the community while remembering the fallen firefighters of the September 11 attacks.
Each participant, many in full firefighting gear, climbed the Sunsphere twice, the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Each climber carried badges of the 343 New York Firefighters who died on September 11. Some even climbed the stairs three times to ensure “the date stays on everyone’s mind.”
The volleyball team, along with Coach Lovett, volunteered by standing in the stairwell of the Sunsphere, encouraging the climbers and providing assistance when needed.
“I have had a great group of girls this year,” Coach Lovett said. “They gave their time and assistance without saying a word. We appreciated the opportunity to give back to those who constantly give to others. We were able to play such a small role in a great event to honor those men and women then and those now that serve our communities on a daily basis. What we did was nothing compared to what they do for us.”
The event, sponsored by SERVPRO, marked the first time Knoxville hosted a 9-11 memorial climb. It was a part of a nation-wide event to raise money for the families of the firefighters killed that day. Organizers plan to make it an annual ceremony.
For more information about stair climbs near you, go to http://www.firehero.org/events/9-11-stair-climbs/