Live Simple. Play Hard.

Event Information

Ranse Jones Beach Jam

Event History

Ransford S. Jones Charitable Foundation has teamed up with UNC Wilmington Volleyball and Capt'n Bill's to present the Ranse Jones Beach Jam, a beach volleyball tournament in memory of Ranse, an avid beach volleyball player. Ranse graduated from UNC Wilmington in 1998 before relocating to Florida to pursue his dream of playing professional beach volleyball. Ranse was also a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Flagler County Fire Department in Florida. In 2010 at the age of 34, while playing in an AVP Young Guns Professional tournament in Panama City, Florida, Ranse suffered a stroke and passed away 6 months later. Since Ranse's passing we have been offering this tournament to fund a volleyball scholarship at UNCW and to support the Stroke Awareness program at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Live Simple, Play Hard!

Event Info

June 24-25, 2023, at Capt'n Bill's Backyard Grill, Wilmington.
$30.00 per person; Check In 9:00 Open and A divisions, 10:00AM all other divisions.

  • Coed Quad - Open/A Divisions
  • Women's Doubles - Open Division
  • Adult Coed Quads - B Division
  • Adult Coed Quads - C Division
  • Quads - Anything Goes "Family Fun" Division


$30.00 per person - Check in 10:00AM

Coed Doubles

$20.00 per person - check-in 10:00AM

1st Responders


Event Overview

This year we celebrate our tenth anniversary of the Ranse Jones Beach Jam - first held in June 2013. Last year was the best ever in raising funds for our causes: Volleyball Scholarship at UNCW and Stroke Awareness at Novant Health NHRMC. We want to raise the bar this year to make the Beach Jam the most successful ever. We will have our usual format on Saturday and Sunday, so go to the registration page and sign up! We will also have prizes, raffle offerings and lots of fun and comradery with old friends and new! We all need to get out and celebrate living simple and playing hard! See you in June!

Can't make it to the event... no worries click the link above to donate.



Live Simple, Play Hard.

A song written by Ranse's mother.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

You can click the registration button from the home page of this website to register, or you may enter at Capt'n Bills in Wilmington.  

What if I want to play but do not have a team?

You may enter as an individual for $30 and we will try to find a team for you to play on.  We welcome anyone wanting to participate in the event.  


Who can I contact to get  more information?

Call Jonny Harris at Capt'n Bills at (910) 762-0173

What is the Anything Goes division?

Ranse was always welcoming to newcomers on the beach, and we wanted to add a division for those individuals who might like to try the sport for the first time or who might just want to play without all the rules associated with competitive volleyball.

Where is Capt'n Bills Backyard Bar and Grill?

Capt'n Bills is located at 4240 Market Street in Wilmington, NC.  The location is a restaurant bar, with food and drinks on location and 14 sand volleyball courts.