Contact: Sarah Hargreaves President, Kansas City Atheist Coalition 816-726-2577

Contact: Ed Croteau Representative, Abundant Life Baptist Church 816-394-8816


KANSAS CITY, MO -- Atheists and Christians are coming together to raise funds for the Drumm Farm Center for Children, a Kansas City-based foster and adoptive care resource center.

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC) and members of Abundant Life Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit will compete in a friendly volleyball tournament. The games will involve six teams of six players each, ending with an all-star atheist vs. an all-star Christian playoff.

The tournament will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Abundant Life Baptist Church, 414 Persels Road in Lee’s Summit. Admission is $5. All proceeds will go to Drumm Farm.

“Ed Croteau of Abundant Life Baptist Church invited members of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition to a skeptics Q&A at the church earlier this year,” said Sarah Hargreaves, president of KCAC. “Those who attended enjoyed fiery but respectful conversation. Since then, members of both our groups have remained in contact primarily via a Facebook group devoted to discussing issues of faith, Christianity and religion in general.”

Croteau said that “while members of the group remain deeply divided on many philosophical and theological issues, people genuinely seem to like each other. The mood of the group goes from very heavy to very light in a matter of minutes sometimes.”

Hargreaves added that the idea of a Christian vs. atheist volleyball tournament “was originally presented as a joke, I think. But it immediately gained traction in the group, so Ed and I started putting plans together and decided to include a fundraiser for a worthy cause. Someone in the group suggested Drumm Farm, and everyone agreed it was a great choice.”

Croteau said he was “really excited” about the fundraiser, adding, “I think this is a great opportunity for people to see atheists and Christians coming together to do good in our community. I think the tournament will also be a lot of fun. We are all anxious to see who will have bragging rights in the Facebook group.”

The Drumm Farm Center for Children provides a stable, nurturing environment for children in foster care and helps keep siblings together in times of family transition. It also offers programs and services to help children and families overcome emotional, physical, financial, educational, housing and life challenges.

For more information about the volleyball tournament, contact Kansas City Atheist Coalition President Sarah Hargreaves at 816-726-2577 or, or Abundant Life Baptist Church representative Ed Croteau at 816-394-8816 or Visit the groups’ websites at and

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. Its mission is to advance atheism through activism, philanthropy and education, and by cultivating a positive secular community.

Ed Croteau writes a weekly column in the Lee’s Summit Tribune called “Faith: Substance and Evidence,” has a Facebook site under the same name and teaches a weekly class on the same subject through Abundant Life Baptist Church. He can be reached with comments through the “Faith: Substance and Evidence” Facebook page.

Keywords: atheism, Kansas City Atheist Coalition, Abundant Life Baptist Church, volleyball, charity, Drumm Farm


To our users and readers

Press Release Central has moved to a new server. What does this mean for you? Releases posted prior to March 1, 2012 have gone away, as has your old account registration info. Everyone will need to re-register for an account. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Want your event in our calendar?

Would you like your event published in The Kansas City Star? We’d be glad to consider it.

Enter your event


About Press Release Central

Press Release Central is Kansas City’s largest community site for press releases announcing news of all kinds: business, entertainment, sports and more. Releases stay for an extended period, so messages live a long life. And if you’re hunting for tips or information, just search to find news, names and subjects you might have missed.