The desire to give, to help, resides in the core of all human beings. We see it in the wake of natural disasters around the world, which give rise to inspired charity efforts and an outpouring of support from people often thousands of miles away. The holiday season is a time for giving and charity not inspired by disaster, but by giving to those who have so little in a time when every little bit counts.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 marks the fouth annual #GivingTuesday, which arose in 2012 as an offshoot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year. #GivingTuesday encourages communities to get involved with nonprofit organizations by donating money and volunteering.
#GivingTuesday is a day in which Americans are encouraged to give to non-profit organizations or volunteer their time to other community organizations. In its inaugural year, for-profit companies stepped in and encouraged their employees to get involved. In some cases, huge giving efforts were funded by for-profit companies. Analysts estimate nearly $10 million was donated in #GivingTuesday’s inaugural year.
Behind the all of the laughter, smiles, digging, setting, and spiking, the United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment thrives on the charity and good will of corporations, individual donors, and everyday people.
Give a child in need an opportunity this #GivingTuesday by donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give. Each donation, no matter the amount, goes a long way to ensure those in need have the same opportunities as those of privilege.
With so many of the real reasons for the holiday season shrouded amidst the hustle and bustle of a shopping season that begins earlier each year, many families strive for the restoration of the spirit of family, togetherness, and good will. #GivingTuesday is the perfect way to embrace these values.
Donors supporting USYVL this year can be assured that their gift will make a difference for a child through healthy activity, building of self esteem and teamwork.
#GivingTuesday donations can be made on the USYVL website at www.usyvl.org. Share your support on Twitter and Facebook by using hashtags for #GivingTuesday and #USYVL. Your support is very much appreciated this holiday season.
Is your child one of those USYVL players who has developed new skills, new friends, and new experiences this season? If so, registration for the USYVL’S Spring 2016 Season is open, and we are sure you will not want to miss it. Register online now through midnight December 1 and you will receive the early registration rate of $135. Register today and feel comfortable knowing your child has a guaranteed place for next season.
By the way, if you live in an area that is not currently served by a USYVL site, please feel free to reach out to the USYVL National Office and we will note your interest, and work to develop a program in your area.
We are pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Advanced Juniors Program. This is the next step for players who have been participating in USYVL and are ready to transition to a 6 person format.
The Advanced Juniors Program's curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between USYVL's instructional league and 6 person format in a fun, safe, supervised environment. Participants are encouraged to be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Open to intermediate and experienced players ages 11-16.
The season consists of 18 practices; two 90 minute sessions each week. Locations, practice times and tournament schedule will be assigned after tryouts in March. Coaches have all coached at the high school and/or club volleyball level.
Spring 2016 Start Dates
Camarillo Advanced Juniors - April 5th
Irvine Advanced Juniors - April 5th
Sacramento Advanced Juniors - April 5th
South Bay Advanced Juniors - March 22nd
Thousand Oaks Advanced Juniors - April 6th
Upland Advanced Juniors - April 5th
We look forward to seeing you on the court this Spring season!
We have been invited to watch the Pepperdine Waves verses University of Hawaii Warriors at Pepperdine! Register below to watch the Waves vs Warriors Jan 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Firestone Fieldhouse. Tickets are free to all USYVL Players, Families and Friends who register below.
Parking is free - Click http://www.pepperdine.edu/map/ for parking and parking permit information.
Ticket registration ends Friday Jan 15th at 4pm.
Each person who is attending should be on the list.
USYVL video goes viral!
You never quite know what will capture the attention of volleyball players and parents on the internet these days. If you're playing the percentages, cats, exceptional rallies and bodily harm should be at the top of your list when it comes to creating sharable content. But we at USYVL tried a different approach. Our thirty-second video entitled #powerofpepper featured a dad and his daughter bumping a ball back and forth in their front yard as subtitles reminded viewers to play volleyball with their children. While it wasn't humorous or outrageous, it struck a chord with people across America. In the five days since it was posted to USYVL social media accounts, the video reached over 138,000 people, was viewed nearly 55,000 times and shared 600 times. "Likes," comments and shares poured in from viewers who identified with the message and, in some cases, interpreted it as a welcome sign of the changing seasons and warmer weather ahead. Whatever drew people to our video, we're glad they enjoyed and shared it with their friends. We're always trying to find new ways to capture the USYVL spirit in our communication and encourage kids to learn the game of volleyball in a fun, safe and positive environment. That type of message doesn't always compete favorably with the off-the-wall content "going viral" on the web but, for one day at least, it did.