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CEDAR RAPIDS (July 24, 2013) –A local effort led by Cedar Rapids native Jessica Bass is bringing volleyball enthusiasts and human rights activists together during “Dig In & Set Free” a volleyball tournament on August 23 at Volleys. Registration fees go to support As Our Own, an organization in India that rescues vulnerable children from enslavement and exploitation in the sex trafficking industry.

 Participants will have the chance to enjoy pool play. Each team will play 4-5 games, with winners moving on to the championship.

 The tournament is sponsored by Jessica Bass and Cedar Rapids Gives, a local nonprofit aimed at raising funds and awareness to combat human trafficking. A flyer and registration form can be downloaded from Cedar Rapids Gives’ website: www.cedarrapidsgives.org/events<http://www.cedarrapidsgives.org/events>.

 Event Details:

When: Friday, August 23

 Where: Volleys on Blairs Ferry Rd.

 Registration: 6:00 p.m.

 Play Starts: 6:30 p.m.

 Cost: $100 per team; all proceeds benefit As Our Own

 Registration deadline is August 22. For questions about the volleyball tournament please contact Jessica Bass at 319-360-2745 or email her at jessmbass5@gmail.com<mailto:jessmbass5@gmail.com>.

 Jessica Bass grew up in Cedar Rapids. Her heart was first stirred by sex-trafficking when she worked at World Hope International, where she participated in an educational trip to Cambodia in 2011 and learned more about the issue and saw first-hand what organizations and individuals were doing to combat it. Since then, Bass has raised awareness and funds to assist established organizations in fighting sex-trafficking around the world.

 As Our Own has a three-prong approach: Rescue. Aftercare. Prevention. To learn more about their work, visit www.AsOurOwn.org<http://www.AsOurOwn.org>.

 Cedar Rapids Gives endeavors to assist and protect those exploited by abuse with particular concern for, but not limited to, those involved in the human sex trafficking industry. Cedar Rapids Gives accomplishes this goal through three arms of focus: Rescue, Restoration, and Education.


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