TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - The 9th Annual EVP Volleyball Tournament is taking place on Tybee Island this weekend.
Organizers say the tournament aims to support beach volleyball and engage families, fans, athletes, and communities.
Spectators will not only get the chance to watch beach volleyball matches, but they'll also have the chance to interact with some of the pros.
This tournament draws numerous volleyball pros to Tybee Beach. Some say it even draws in sports fans and those just looking to stay fit.
Those working in Tybee's tourism industry say it's important to have these types of events on the island.
"Talking about the EVP Volleyball Tournament with professional volleyball players coming, the Critz Tybee Run, these types of events bring people in who are health-minded, and it really supports the mission of Visit Savannah and Visit Tybee and the type of people we like to visit the island," said Maria Lancaster, Marketing Manager, Tybee Vacation Rentals.
The 2018 Beach Bum Open Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 on Tybee's South Beach near the pier. The main event will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The teams who take first and second place at this weekend's tournament will advance to the World Finals in Hampton, Virginia later this summer.
Also happeneing this weekend on Tybee Island is the 2018 SCAD Sand Arts Festival. These sand sculptures are much different than the ones you'd normally see walking along the beach. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday morning near the Tybee pier, local artists will create their own sandy masterpieces.
The event is open to SCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff. Participants vie for cash prizes, including the coveted top award for SCAD Spirit.