It’s been our custom right here at PrepVolleyball.com to precise out gratitude for our readers, supporters, and contributors in honor of Thanksgiving, and permit our readers to do the identical. The game of volleyball has given all of us one thing to be pleased about, and this yr is not any totally different.
We’re as soon as once more providing our readers the possibility to inform us what they’re grateful for relating to the game. If any of our readers, coaches, gamers, or mother and father wish to be featured, sfinish a brief e-mail and picture (elective) to head author Jimmy Pompeo (Jpompeo@prepvolleyball.com) explaining what about volleyball you’re grateful for probably the most and we are going to embody it on this yr’s Thanksgiving Day function! You can too embody a significant volleyball picture of you, your loved ones, or your teammates, alongside along with your assertion.
We shall be accepting submissions till 12 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Nov 21. Make sure to embody your NAME, HS TEAM/CLUB, and LOCATION.
At this time, you’ll be able to take a look at a few of an earlier Thanksgiving articles by which we specific our thanks and our readers do the identical.
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PVB Offers Thanks
By Sam Haimann
Nov. 23, 2022
“To our gamers’ pals and classmates, thanks in your assist as these ladies sacrifice a lot of their time to play a sport they love. You’re a huge motive they proceed staying dedicated to this system, realizing that their village will nonetheless love them regardless of their busy schedules. To our mother and father, thanks for the sacrifices you could have made to assist your daughter’s goals of enjoying for NDA volleyball.” “To our neighborhood supporters, thanks for all the time rooting our ladies on as they pour themselves into each side of the sport. To the entire NDA college and employees members, the Sisters of Notre Dame, Athletic Director Myanna Webster, Assistant Principal Amber Grayson, and Principal/Interim President Mr. Jack VonHandorf, thanks for all the time giving our student-athletes the chance to develop expertise that may solely profit them for all times exterior of volleyball.”
–Leslie Litmer Co-Heach Coach, Notre Dame Academy (Park Hills, KY)
“[To] Our wonderful 15 varsity athletes who put within the dedication every day -Our freshmen and JV groups, who’re the way forward for our program -Our volleyball and energy teaching employees, who’re all the time keen to do no matter is greatest for these ladies -Our booster mother and father, who assist us in any means we ask -Our households, who love their daughters/members of the family unconditionally and have raised them to be the stunning women that they’re -Our pals, followers, and scholar part, who hype us up like nobody else can -Lake Catholic employees together with our athletic director, custodians, the spirit retailer, our directors, and all others -Our referees, photographers, announcers, scorekeepers, bus drivers, concession stand employees, ticket takers, and all others who assist make sport day run so easily -Cougars for Life, who’s all the time keen to lend a serving to hand -Our alumni, who’re nice position fashions”
–Kara Oster Head Coach, Lake Catholic Excessive College (Mentor, OH)
“I’m grateful that I’ve all the time had the assist of my household. Teaching is a full-part time job and with out their assist, it will have been tougher. Thanks to my husband Lane, my 3 daughters Stephanie(John), Tiffanie(Josh) and Dana(AJ) and grandkids, Emma, Sam, Maggie, Annie, Calvin and Ruthie for all the time being there for me. I really like you all. I additionally need to thank probably the most wonderful employees on the planet, Sarah, Larry, Danielle and Tony. We’re a household, and we love this sport. As they are saying, it takes a village to lift a baby. You guys are one of the best and I really like you all.”
–Marcia “Marty” Woods Head Coach, McMichael Excessive College (Mayodan, NC)
By Sam Haimann
Nov. 24, 2021
“ [We are] So grateful for highschool volleyball at Nice Grove HS (CA). Our daughter, Jessica Benton Mild (Stanford) has had 4 daughters play HS volleyball, all 4 have been lucky to go to varsity: Alexis Mild (UCLA), Liliana Mild (Santa Clara), Vivian Mild (Oregon State) Jade Mild (UC Davis). Grandma and I’ve loved the journey, watching them compete, and develop into their future.” –“Grandpa” Invoice Benton
What I’m grateful for probably the most about volleyball is the ambiance. It has pushed me to be a greater athlete and particular person. Volleyball has allowed me to fulfill among the greatest folks and expertise among the greatest moments of my life. It has supplied so many alternatives, the place I’ve had the privilege to work tougher and study many values that I plan to make use of all through my lifetime. I’ve realized and am nonetheless studying methods to be a crew participant, placing the wants of others over these of myself and holding myself at a excessive customary all the time. I’m so grateful that I’ve the privilege to play volleyball and can’t anticipate this upcoming season! –Reesse Animashaun
“We as a membership, Homeowners & Administrators, Spencer & Stephanie Hilland together with Eric Praetorius, are extraordinarily grateful for volleyball as a result of it permits us to personal a 3 courtroom volleyball solely facility within the coronary heart of Tampa, Florida for each youth ladies & boys. We’re engaged on rising the boys sport right here in addition to persevering with to enhance the ladies sport. We’re grateful for the entire households which have labored with us & have entrusted us to enhance their youngsters within the sport of volleyball. We began this membership in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, with an empty warehouse & simply phrase of mouth. Final yr, our first yr, we had 13 groups (12 ladies, 1 boys). We had one earn a bid to GJNC to Las Vegas & despatched 17 seniors to varsity to play volleyball. This yr we added a courtroom to our facility & have 17 complete groups (15 ladies, 2 boys). Volleyball has allowed us to take our ardour for volleyball & construct a membership that’s persevering with to develop & succeed. We’re grateful, grateful & blessed for volleyball & all of the relationships & success from it.” –TEAM Kiwi VBC
Giving Thanks For The Sport Of Volleyball
By Jimmy Pompeo
Nov. 26, 2020
As COVID hit the entire volleyball groups and organizations again in March of 2020, we had been all left feeling shocked. For some time, it gave us time to spend with our households and a while to actually take into consideration the vital issues. As tournaments continued to be cancelled and our youngsters had been left questioning if they’d even get a highschool season, concern grew amongst us all. We had been involved about lacking out on a highschool season. We had been involved about their school alternatives. We had been involved about their emotional well-being, and the listing continued. The ladies simply needed to play volleyball and have some kind of regular.
It appeared a bit egocentric at first as a result of, in any case, it’s simply volleyball. However as we actually began to take a look at the world and the way our youngsters had been coping or not dealing with the dearth of sports activities, competitors, and crew bonding, I believe all of us realized that it wasn’t ‘simply volleyball.’
MNDVB is a lot greater than a crew sport. It’s household. We knew this crew for 2020 was one thing particular, and we additionally had a glimmer of hope that we may win a state championship. Because the season began slowly in August of 2020, we hoped and prayed we may make it to Senior Day to no less than honor our four-year program veterans. We moved our senior day as much as September and had been grateful that we acquired to have fun our ten seniors. It was a stunning day, and we loved it as a lot as we may, even whereas social distancing.
Inside the subsequent 24 hours, the MNDVB household would endure a major quantity of adversity. Our beloved Libero, Anna Currin, misplaced her brother, Michael. This was one among our personal “household” members. The outpouring of the neighborhood and the way the MNDVB household rallied across the Currin household was but one more reason to be pleased about a season that was not promised.
There have been many obstacles in 2020, however there was a contented ending for this household. MNDVB introduced residence the tenth state volleyball title for MND whereas additionally incomes the No. 1 rating within the nation by MaxPreps. This was fairly an achievement however what we’re grateful for is a lot greater than that.
We’re so very grateful for a season that taught our ladies a lot greater than volleyball. This season and this household taught them methods to suppose previous simply the sport and the obstacles. They by no means gave up. They are going to have a bond for all times with these ladies, coaches, and FAMILIES of their very own.”
~The MNDVB Household
Mount Notre Dame Excessive (Cincinnati, Ohio)
“I’ve coached 13 yr olds for about 20 years, at A5, MadFrog, and TAV – however six years in the past I additionally began teaching ladies 10-and-under. Other than making me need to pull my hair out occasionally, these cutest-girls-ever have introduced me extra pleasure than I may have imagined attainable. I’m so grateful I began teaching this age.”
Youth Volleyball Coach, TAV
“I’m blessed to be the top coach at my alma mater. It’s a small city situated in south-central Missouri referred to as El Dorado Springs. I performed volleyball all by center college and highschool right here and was blessed with the chance to come back again residence and coach eight years in the past. We have now a successful custom right here in El Do, and I’m tremendous happy with every crew’s success we’ve had through the years, whereas I used to be a participant, a fan, and now a coach. This city has an infinite quantity of satisfaction, and we’ve got a lot assist from our neighborhood. My ladies change into part of my household, and we keep related even after they graduate. I’m grateful for what this sport has carried out for my life and my household.”
Head Volleyball Coach
El Dorado Springs Excessive (Missouri)
“I’m a senior at Yorktown Excessive College in Yorktown, Indiana. I additionally play for Munciana Volleyball Membership. This season we had been lucky sufficient to have a season and have all of our goals come true by successful a State Championship. I’m so grateful for all of my teammates, and the entire coaches who’ve sacrificed time from their households to be aside of my life. I’m additionally grateful to be aside of each packages.”
Yorktown Excessive (Indiana)/Munciana Volleyball