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Ranse’s Story

The Ranse Classic is a beach volleyball Pro-Am tournament in memory of Ranse Jones, an avid beach volleyball player. Ranse grew up in Advance, NC before relocating to Florida to pursue his dream of playing professional beach volleyball. He later pursued another passion as a firefighter for the Flagler County Fire Department in North Florida. On May 8, 2010, at the age of 34, while playing in an AVP Young Guns Professional Volleyball tournament in Panama City, Florida, Flagler County Firefighter-EMT Ransford Jones was doing one of the things he loved best: playing beach volleyball, going all out—as he usually did, whatever he undertook—during a semi-final match on the sands of Panama City. Half-way through the match, he felt ill and walked off the court. Moments later he was on a gurney, being rushed to a hospital. Ranse had experienced a stroke due to a brain aneurysm.

In November 2010, a group of friends gathered together and planned the initial Ranse Jones Classic to raise money for Ranse’s medical bills. The initial event was held on November 7, 2010, and Ranse passed away the next day. Since Ranse’s passing, we have been promoting this tournament to fund stroke awareness through the Ranse Jones Stroke Awareness Fund at Broward Health North.

In 9 years, we have raised in excess of $270,000 and momentum is growing as we plan for the best year yet.  Plan now to join us for the best reunion in beach volleyball on the East Coast. 

November 1-3, 2019 in Deerfield Beach FL.

Live, love and laugh everyday as if it is your last. Never take for granted the little pleasures in life … especially the feel of sand on your feet, warm sun on your shoulders, a cold nose nuzzling your hand or the joy of just being there – wherever there is. Get up early to watch the sun rise. Hug your family – a lot. Let the dog in your bed. Always be a friend. And never, never turn down a chance to get out there and play.

- Ranse Jones



Ranse's story was featured in Dig Magazine in 2015.  His story, his legacy, and the support of those who love him are all highlighted in this incredible article. 

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