▲ May 28 and May 29 marked the social and sporting event of the year for many of Jeju’s English-teaching residents, some Jeju natives, and even a few visitors from the mainland. Jeju Furey Volleyball 5 was the biggest Furey volleyball event yet, with two days of competition at Iho beach and a dance party on Saturday night. Of course some of the teams present were a bit more competitive than others. In the end Spikadelic, unmistakeable in their skin-tight technicolor tank tops, pulled through in the golden light of the sunset for the coveted A bracket win.But Furey events are about much more than competition. Volleyball in particular marks an opportunity for Jeju’s foreign residents, new and old alike, to meet each other and make connections, giving directions to a favorite spot here, inviting each other to an outing there, and trading inside information on upcoming ESL jobs. This all belies the original motive behind Furey events, to honor Nathan Furey and help support the family he left behind, a goal which Furey sports achieves again and again. Furey Volleyball 6 is scheduled for Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo and text by Alpha Newberry
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