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One-man volleyball team sends strong message to local students

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SCOTIA, N.Y. -- A one-man volleyball team is hitting the court to spread a message of hope.

Bob Holmes has played 18,000 games over 31 years. Although he has won the majority of those games, he said the real victory is what happens when he puts down the ball and picks up the microphone.

"Help kids beat the odds and overcome bullying, suicide, drugs, and alcohol," said Holmes.

"It definitely gave people a different take on what to do because bullying does happen a lot," said Skyler Jessup, a student.

Holmes shares true stories of teens that make bad choices, and hopes to teach the importance of how just one person can make the difference and save a life.

"One kid was going to kill himself with his computer cord and sent me an email and said he threw the cord away instead of killing myself, and that makes it worth everything," said Holmes.

"Makes you think twice about what maybe you saw on TV and wanted to try and makes you think twice about maybe it's not as fun and what you expect it to be," said Mary Kate Palleschi, a student.

"I think it helped a lot of people realize what could happen," said Jessup.

For Holmes, he said it's all about getting his students excited about the possibility of beating the odds.

"Makes it worth everything," he said.

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