SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Professional beach volleyball player Carly Wopat and her family are behind an effort to build a new beach volleyball court facility at Dos Pueblos High School.
The Twin Palms Beach Volleyball Court will be in honor of Carly and her twin sister Sam, who died by suicide.
The complex will be constructed at the end of the track and field stadium on what is now an empty grass lot.
The Wopat twins grew up playing sports, but one sport resonated with them the most.
"In volleyball we found true passion," said Carly Wopat, who along with her twin lead the Dos Pueblos High School volleyball team to the Southern California Division 1A title by their senior year.
When the twins were accepted to Stanford on scholarships, they were two of the top recruits in the country.
In March 2012, Sam died by suicide. She was 19-years-old.
For Carly, volleyball was her only constant after her twin's death and her "world came crumbling down."
"Since then its been a way to honor her by playing the sport for the both of us," she said.
Carly recently made the leap from indoor to outdoor and is now a professional beach volleyball player, after a professional career in Europe and Asia.
She's competing for a shot at the 2020 Olympics in Japan while playing on the AVP Tours.
Carly and her family, along with the Dos Pueblos High School Foundation, are spearheading a grassroots campaign to raise money for the new state-of-the-art volleyball courts.
"By building these sand courts I hope that we can fuel the same passion, the same vehicle, the same resilience that volleyball was for me, for other women," Wopat said.
The name Twin Palms is a tribute to the twins and their statuesque 6-foot-2 frames.
Their mom, Kathy Wopat said the courts will be built on hope and resilience in the face of tragedy.
"May is National Mental Health Awareness month in the United States. Our young adults are facing a lot of challenges. We need to have some tough conversations and bring them out into the light," she said.
The goal is to raise $200,000 and begin construction immediately.
There will also be a donor will with names of individuals, businesses, and families who donate $500 or more.
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