Family, friends and fans of Rustburg High School’s (RHS) state-championship winning volleyball team lined Village Highway in Rustburg this Sunday to celebrate the team’s success with a parade.
Members of the team rode through the street in a line of Jeeps, escorted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. Many made signs and dressed in red for the event, and cheered as the players passed them by. Representatives from the Campbell County Public Library System (CCPLS) came to the event, along with various other county employees.
“It all began with one of the parents reaching out to Chairman Hardie and asking if it was possible to do any type of recognition for these young ladies,” Beth Worth, who works in media and communications for CCPLS, said about the genesis of the event.
Worth said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jon Hardie discussed the matter with County Administrator Frank Rogers, who in turn asked the Sheriff’s Office and CCPLS if they could help. The parade came together in under a week as RHS personnel were on board too, and VDOT gave the event a thumbs up in short order.
Kristen Hardie, who coached the team to victory this year, played on RHS’s last state champion volleyball team in 1992. Her daughter, Kate Hardie, was a junior on this year’s team.
“That’s what you love about small towns—those connections,” Worth said. “That is what deserves to be celebrated. This community is a family.”