Volleyball tournament raises money for assault victim’s family

Posted By: Camila Orti

Hundreds of people gathered at Spikes Beach Bar and Grill on Sunday to honor and remember Dave Mueller.

The sand volleyball tournament, called 'Dig It For Dave,' will help raise money for the family.

“There aren't people like Dave today, there just aren't,” organizer Elissa Biggerstaff said.

Mueller was found lying on a sidewalk with severe head injuries on June 29. He died eight days later.

Police still don't know exactly what happened.

“It'll be a long, hard recovery for me,” friend Tracey Adams said, “I didn't realize how much time we spent together, but at work, after work, it was all the time. So there's not that person to talk to or go to.”

Organizers say they wanted to raise money for Mueller's family, and a sand volleyball tournament couldn't have been more perfect. Friends say Dave loved playing the sport.

“This is how he would want his life celebrated, out here, everybody having fun, showing a lot of love for each other,” Biggerstaff said.

Organizers say they've raised more than $7,000 through donations, team registrations and sales of t–shirts and other items.

Nearly 200 people played in the tournament.

“To have 32 teams in a first year tournament is pretty much unheard of,” Biggerstaff said.

They plan on putting on the tournament again next year, and every year after that.

“I'm overwhelmed and emotional, this is so great, he would love this so much,” Adams said.

If you missed the tournament but still want to donate to the family, there is a fund set up at Union Bank under 'Dave Mueller Memorial Fund.'