Activities

 

USYVL Board Member Allen Adams brings home the gold from the Huntsman World Seniors Game this year, held in St. George, Utah. Adams’s team, USYVL/Volleyguard competed in the 55+ age bracket against teams comprised of players from across the US. 90 teams compete each season in various sports, all with the goal of succeeding into the Double Elimination Tournament, where Adams’s team was named #1 Seed in the Gold bracket. The road to victory was no easy feat, as USYVL/Volleyguard spent a round in the “loser’s bracket” as Adams calls it after losing two straights to The Fog. “Volleyguard is protecting the future of volleyball, by developing new talent,” says USYVL co-founder Randy Sapoznik.

 

Adams posits the focus of participation in this year’s competition as being most influenced by building awareness of the USYVL and gaining scholarship backing for younger-generation Volleyguards. Adams is one of many  volunteers who contributes to USYVL culture by setting the standard for the organization and its constituents and serves as a shining example of doing the best with your abilities, one of  USYVL’s main tenets for youth players.

 

We would like to congratulate our USYVL Board Member Marv Dunphy on helping the U.S Women’s National Team win its first World Championships! This is not the first championship  Dunphy has celebrated. Marv coached the US Men’s National Team to win two Olympic gold medals but this is the first time that the US Women’s Team has ever won the World Championships. Marv assisted Karch Kiraly (head coach) with this championship. It is a special event because Dunphy coached Karch when he was playing on the US National Team. Through Marv's years coaching at all levels, he has shown that he is great with teaching volleyball to the up and coming USYVL, High School, College, National Team volleyball players, along with coaches.

 

We would like to Congratulate Marv once again for helping a game founded in the USA grow.  

 

 

 

 

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We are both pleased and excited to announce the opening of a new advanced skills development league. The Advanced Juniors Program’s emphasis on developing fundamental volleyball skills on par with what is taught at the Club level – at a fraction of the cost - is the next step in the USYVL’s mission to develop the sport of volleyball from the ground up. The Advanced Juniors Program’s curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between USYVL’s instructional league and high school/Club volleyball in a fun, safe, supervised environment. Players are encouraged to be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Space is open to intermediate and experienced players ages 11-16.

 

 

 

Upland Advanced Juniors

 

Pacific Christian Center

 

800 West Arrow Highway

 

Upland, California 

 

9/8/2014 - 11/8/2014

 

Mon, Fri, and Saturday (tournament)

 

 

 

Camarillo Advanced Juniors

 

Ventura County Volleyball Club

 

161 Plaza La Vista #150

 

Camarillo, CA

 

9/9/2014 - 11/8/2014

 

Tues, Thurs, and Saturday (tournament)

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo Advanced Juniors

 

Taylor Gym - 1500 Lizzie Street

 

San Luis Obispo, CA

 

9/8/2014 - 11/8/2014

 

Tues, Fri, and Saturday (tournament)

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you on the court this fall season! In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful summer. 

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Registered players will meet on Alumni Field area 21 on the CAMPUS MAP: http://www.usyvl.org/media/forms/seaver-map.pdf

We are very excited to announce that we have been invited to a FREE pre-season volleyball clinic directed by Marv Dunphy, the Men’s Volleyball Coach at Pepperdine University.
 
Marv is recognized as one of the leading coaches in the sport!  He was the coach of the 1988 United States Men’s Olympic Gold Medal Team and was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994.
 
This is a great opportunity for your child, so please make sure to attend!
 
Date and Time: Saturday, September 6, 2014  from 9 a.m. to 11am (check-in at 8:30 a.m.)
        
Location:  Pepperdine University - Alumni Park, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA  90263 (parking is free and when you enter the campus, at the information booth, they will direct you to the clinic).
 
Remember the clinic is FREE to all USYVL players in grades 2-8*!!!  Returning players should wear your USYVL t-shirts.
 
*Please note due to NCAA regulations, students in 9th grade or older may not attend this activity as a participant.  If you have any questions regarding this regulation please call the USYVL National Office at 1-888-988-7985.
 
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Help Out, Meet Volleyball Pros

 

Interested in meeting a few of the best volleyball players in the country? If you have some free time August 14-17, opportunities exist for USYVL players and families to volunteer for positions that will assist with the operation of the Manhattan Beach Open. Volunteering for this event has many perks, including a chance to meet players and receive autographs, receive a Manhattan Beach Open volunteer T-shirt, and enjoy meals and drinks for the shifts you work.

Positions available include ball shaggers (this one may land you on TV) and tournament welcome center assistants, among others. These major professional volleyball events are a great place to share your enthusiasm for volleyball with other fans and players. Some positions will allow children as young as 8 years of age to participate (with parent supervision).

Complete volunteer information is provided below.  Online registration for these volunteer positions is available now. If interested, positions are filled on a first-come, first served basis, so make sure you sign up soon. 

 

2014 Manhattan Beach Open

Volunteer Information

 

This event would not be possible without great volunteers- thank you in advance for your support!

Event Location:
    Manhattan Beach Pier
    100 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Important Information
• Volunteers need to be ages 12 and up (8 and up must be supervised by a parent).
• Volunteers MUST commit to work a minimum of TWO SHIFTS for the event.
• All volunteers receive one t-shirt the entire weekend. If working multiple days, please plan on wearing your shirt the following day(s).
• It is preferred that volunteers wear tan shorts, beach sandals or shoes, and a hat. Plan for the weather accordingly.
• Volunteers should wear plenty of sunscreen. Don’t forget to bring it with you!
• Meals and drinks will be provided for the shifts that you are working.
• If there is an unexpected change in weather conditions and play is suspended, it is required that you stay until your shift is over. Play may resume at anytime.
• Please note that while the Volunteer Coordinator makes every effort to match you with your position preferences, volunteer positions are on a first come, first serve basis.
• Volunteers will have plenty of time to get autographs and take pictures with the pro athletes in between matches.

 

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As another successful spring season winds down for the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a big “thank you” is due to the many volunteers who made it happen for the kids. The volunteer crew is essential to the success of the league, keeping the league affordable while, at the same time, offering a family atmosphere, since so many family members are involved. We’re grateful for the time donated by each and every volunteer this past season. Your efforts created a terrific experience for the children participating in USYVL.  

 

If you haven’t volunteered in the past, and have a child participating in the future, you are certainly encouraged to volunteer. The guidelines to volunteer are available on the USYVL website.  

 

In addition to donating time, monetary donations derived from the charity and goodwill of many individual donors, along with corporate sponsors, assist the USYVL in achieving its mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment. Donations improve opportunities for children in the league in two ways. First, children with a desire to play in the league, but are faced with verified financial need, are offered assistance. Since the inception of the league, thanks to donations, no child has ever been turned down from participating in the league based on financial circumstances. Second, donations fund important USYVL education and training programs, which benefit all children involved with USYVL.   

 

If you are in a position to be able to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to join our board members in donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give to USYVL. Each donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference! 

 

The opportunities for health, fitness, self-esteem building and, of course, learning the skills of volleyball, offered through the USYVL continue. Thank you for being part of it.    

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So, your child is playing volleyball in the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), and you’ll be there for every practice and game, right?  Well, there is no better way to show support than to actually participate in the league in one of the many volunteer positions.  Trust us, your kids will love it!  You will too!  Of course, the team at USYVL will be forever grateful, since it is through volunteer efforts that the league remains affordable (and doesn’t include the need for personal fundraising like many youth sports programs do). 

 

Here are the options:

 

USYVL Site Director

site director

The site director manages the local site and heads the site commission to insure proper organization and operation of the league within the framework of the USYVL bylaws, guidelines and policies. Responsible for communicating with the main office and keeping them updated about the status of the site.

call 888-988-7985 to learn about Site Director volunteer opportunities!

Time Commitment:  3 hrs. per week

Coach Rick

head coach

Will run practices and games under the direction of the site clinician. Responsible for teaching technical skills and life skills. No experience needed. Coaching clinics and manuals provided. Why Coach in USYVL

Time Commitment:  2 1/2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

Assistant Coach

assistant coach

Will assist coach with running practices and games under the direction of the site clinician. Assist in teaching technical and life skills. No experience needed. Coaching clinics and manuals provided.

Time Commitment:  2 1/2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

Fist Aid Administrator

first-aid administrator

Requires current certification in basic first-aid training including CPR. Position attends to injuries and any unsafe conditions on the playing area.

Time Commitment:  1-2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

Registration

registration

Assist site director with registration and check-in. Assist site director with distribution of player uniform t-shirts and volunteer shirts.

Time Commitment:  1-2 hrs. per week

Click here to Volunteer!

community service hours

High School or College Student?  Love playing volleyball?  Join USYVL as a Volunteer!  Fulfill your school's "Community Service Hours," while doing something you love....playing volleyball!

Click here to Volunteer!

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Are you the type that likes to take a leadership role?  Or are you looking to ensure the next generation of volleyball players has a solid fundamental baseIf so, the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has a couple great opportunities for you.  For the upcoming Spring 2014 Season, USYVL is seeking Site Directors and Clinicians.  

The basic responsibilities of the Site Director include oversight of the players and volunteers at your community site. This person is organized, efficient and works well with people, and has a huge impact on the site.  Site directors recruit, organize and maintain the volunteer staff, assign equipment, assign the First Aid Administrator, handle registration, ensure forms are complete and oversee the parent meeting that takes place at the beginning of the season, and serve as the primary liaison between the site and USYVL National Office.  The job runs for the entire 8 weeks of the program, with a modicum of work before and after the season.  Typically, the Site Director position requires approximately 4 hours of time per week.  USYVL offers excellent training and a complete job description.  Be a leader!

USYVL Clinicians are responsible for training and overseeing the site’s parent-volunteer coaches in the team instruction of the fundamentals of volleyball.  This position is ideal for a college volleyball player looking to sharpen one’s coaching and leadership skills, or a current volleyball coach with an eye on the future.  Clinicians have an opportunity to implement a proven teaching system, which expedites learning for the children in the program. Best of all, it is fun! Clinicians teach the skills to volunteer coaches through a 2-hour pre-season coaching clinic, and demonstrate skills during practice days.  Clinicians also oversee game days and tournaments, and participate in the pre-season parent meeting.

Through a 3-hour pre-season training meeting, a complete written curriculum for the 8-week program, and support from the USYVL National Office, Clinicians are well prepared for their role.  Because of the high level coaching responsibility, this person must be dependable and have experience playing and/or coaching volleyball at the high school, club, college or higher level. The time commitment is approximately 4 hours per week.  A stipend is available for the Clinician position.

Interested?  Or know someone who would be an ideal candidate?  Contact the USYVL National Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 310.212.7008.

 

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#givingtuesday

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 3 marks the second 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 ensuring that 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.  

 

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Footwear and apparel manufacturer ASICS has been a longtime sponsor of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL).  You likely have noticed the ASICS logo on USYVL uniforms, as well as Coach’s shirts and Clinician uniforms.  It is a symbol of commitment to youth sports, particularly volleyball in the United States. 

 

ASICS, as a company, has been around for over 60 years.  Do you know what the ASICS acronym stands for?  Here is the answer!  Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka , who founded the company as Onitsuka Co., Ltd. In 1949, decided on the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which when translated expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body."  So, now you know. ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness.

 

ASICS not only supports the efforts of USYVL, but also professional athletes, including pro volleyball player Kaitlin Sather Nielsen, who visited the Torrance, CA sites during this past season.  Of course, you see many volleyball players wearing ASICS famous GEL Cushioning System. 

 

“We are very grateful for the support that ASICS has provided to the league,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director. 

 

You can find more information on ASICS at www.asicsamerica.com.  

 

 

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Donate $30* and receive your choice of one of these cool gifts:

 

VolleyGuard T-shirt
 

USYVL Volleyball Starts Here T-shirt

  USYVL Exclamation! T-shirt

Keep kids active, healthy and growing through the sport of volleyball with your donation to the USYVL. 

 

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With the end of the year coming up quickly, you may be thinking of attaining goals you have set, or ways you can help your community, your children, and those less fortunate.  United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, has taught volleyball and important life skills to over 100,000 children, and your donation can help that next child in need of financial aid, offering an opportunity to develop essential teamwork skills, all while building self-esteem.  Yes, USYVL impacts your children directly – and, with further donations, will continue to impact others across the nation.  So, be part of the USYVL movement, and share what you can.  Your donations, whether personal or from your company, are tax deductable, and will continue the good work that happens every season with USYVL.

Keep kids active, engaged in positive activity, and learning one of the world’s great sports – one that actually was invented in the USA. 

The USYVL has seen many times over the quantifiable impact that participation in the league delivers.  This impact is magnified several fold for underprivileged children when they are exposed to USYVL – often providing their first youth sports experience.  Their smiles speak volumes, the outward emotion of the inner reality that these kids feel truly part of something. 

No amount is too small. Leave a legacy by donating whatever amount you can comfortably donate, and know your contribution will continue to drive positive action for children across the country.  Let’s sport for it… volleyball!

You can donate on the USYVL website, or by mail at:

USYVL Headquarters

2771 Plaza Del Amo

Suite 808

Torrance, CA 90503

 

 

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This Saturday, October 26, fitness guru and celebrity trainer extraordinaire Dion Jackson will be visiting the Torrance, California USYVL locations with pro beach volleyball players Traci Weamer, Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen and Nils Nielsen to warm-up the kids.  Dion and the pros will serve up plenty of excitement when they visit the Sur La Brea Park location at 10 a.m., followed by McMaster Park in Torrance at approximately 11 a.m., before heading to the Veggie Grill in Torrance (2355 Pacific Coast Highway) with the pros to sign autographs. 

 

Dion has been a “go-to” trainer for numerous celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Rob Lowe, Nia Long and other big names.  You may have seen him at other USYVL events, sharing his enthusiasm for fitness.

 

Pro beach volleyball player Traci Weamer is originally from Upland, California, and played college volleyball at Concordia University.  In 2011, Weamer won a made-for-CBS "Best of the Beach" event for collegians with Jane Chafeh.     

Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen is a professional beach volleyball player who competes domestically and internationally. Currently, she is a member of the Elite USA Beach National Team and the assistant coach for the UCLA Women's Sand Volleyball Team. Kaitlin attended UCLA, where she was an outside hitter on the indoor volleyball team.

Look for more pro appearances at USYVL sites in the near future. 

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After a long and arduous process that involved many hours of deliberation over some of the best team name contest entries we’ve had in a long time, we are pleased to announce the Spring 2014 Team Name Contest Winner is  "Set Me With Your Best Shot" from Morgan Hill.

 

This season’s two Runners-Up are “Dennis & the Menaces” from Natomas and “Avengerettes” from Camarillo. Congratulations to the winners, runners up, and all of our participants this season for making this Team Name Contest a joy to judge.

 

 



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 Last month, Dale Hoffman, one of the co-founders of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), received an award to honor his role in the formation of the league, which began in 1997.  Dale had been a long-time proponent of youth volleyball prior to his meetings with co-founder Randy Sapoznik, who remains in place to this day as the executive director.  In the league’s 15 years, well over 100,000 children learned volleyball, teamwork and self-esteem building skills through the USYVL. 

When Randy Sapoznik approached Dale with the original concept, Dale, having been involved in beach volleyball and youth programs for several years as well as having well-established contacts and operational expertise needed to form the league, was excited by the prospect of what it could be. 

“There are several volleyball-related accomplishments of which I’m quite proud,” Dale said recently. “Working with John Kessel on the Junior Olympics beach events is one, assisting the CBVA in the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame is another.  However, it is thinking back to sitting in my office with Randy Sapoznik talking about the USYVL with only Randy’s idea and passion and my desire to help make it happen – to  see where the USVYL is over 15 years later is amazing!”

 Dale was serving as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA), and was involved with the U.S. Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball Championships and U.S. Beach Volleyball Championships in the 1990s, as well as holding a vice president role with USA Volleyball’s Beach Division. 

His cooperative effort with Randy Sapoznik took a concept to full-fledged league in a matter of months.  “We have many people to thanks for the success of the USYVL,” said Randy Sapoznik.  “However, it’s a fact that without Dale, the league would have never gotten off the ground.” 

Dale’s affiliation with volleyball and youth programs is, indeed, impressive.  In 1994, Dale was listed as one of the “People of the Year” in Volleyball Magazine for his efforts, along with those of John Kessel at USA Volleyball and Gino Grajeda at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), to establish a youth beach volleyball championship.  Dale was also president of his company, Recreaction International, Inc. where he was responsible for managing Ventura County’s Friday Night Live, a tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse prevention program for teens.  He also served as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association, the world’s oldest beach volleyball organization.  In 1994, Dale co-founded the U.S. Junior Olympics Beach Volleyball Championships with John Kessel in Capistrano Beach.  Later, in 1997 Randy Sapoznik and Dale co-founded the United States Youth Volleyball League, which provided children ages 8 to 14 the opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in an organized, fun environment.

However, Dale is more than a leader, great coach and program developer for the sport of volleyball.  He has impressive athletic achievements in his past.  Personal accomplishments include winning a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 1994 World Masters Games in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and riding his bike across the USA in 1998 as part of an American Lung Association fundraising effort. 

These days, Dale, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education, serves in a management role for Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska.  He lives in Alaska, home to the midnight sun.  In his free time, along with traveling and cycling, he continues to enjoy playing volleyball.  Many thanks to Dale! 

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What’s in a name?  Well, quite a bit when it comes to the official USYVL “Best Team Name Contest.”  Have you thought of creative team name yet?  Whether your name is the Sporty Spikers, Hermosa Heros or the Slamming Sharks, there are many great names to be created. 

 

If you haven’t decided on a team name, now is the time.  Team names will continue to be collected through Oct. 7th.  To be entered to win, you must inform your Site Director of your name choice prior to Oct 7th.

 

The winning team will receive special USYVL T-shirts.  Stay tuned!  The winner will be chosen by the USYVL National Office on Oct 14th.  Make sure you are entered. 

 

 

 

 

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Are you looking for a way to make the most your child’s time, and your time, during a United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) season?  Consider coaching.  It is probably much easier than you think.  You will, undoubtedly, make meaningful contributions with the time you spend teaching teamwork and volleyball skills to youth in your area.  Better yet, your child will be thrilled, and you’ll develop a wonderful, long-lasting rapport with the other children on your team. 

Since each site has a Clinician (consider this person the coach-in-chief), coaches are tasked with executing a pre-prepared lesson plan that is spearheaded by the Clinician.  You’ll have tools before you hit the court in the form of an easy-to-read coaching manual, and on-site training given by your Clinician.  Truly, it makes the job very easy.  Opportunities exist for both Head Coach and Assistant Coach roles.  Interested?  Be sure to reach out to your Site Director. 

With leagues beginning, the sooner you make the move, the better.  If you have any questions regarding coaching or other volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact the USYVL National Office at 888-988-7985, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Building confidence in these young players through your efforts as a coach is a truly rewarding experience. 

 

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Fall 2012 Team Name Contest Winners:  In-Dig-O!

Congratulations!  Great play on the sport and your team color!

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Registration is open for our 3 day summer camps

Click here for CA & NV Summer Camps

We are still accepting Registrations for our summer camps.  Your registration fee includes a uniform t-shirt.  Each player may wear athletic clothing and shoes, like tennis shoes, they already own.

You can register online orby mail.Registration forms can be printed from the website or we can send one to you by email, fax or mail.  If you would like more information or would like us to send you a flyer, please call 1-888-988-7985.

Why should you join? 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions!

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Congratulations to Misty and Kerri for making history in the London Olympics!

This is a great time for the sport of volleyball, not just beach volleyball, where we have the opportunity to see the passion, athleticism and joy that it can bring.

The story has been written for future generations and will inspire the next Olympians.

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DALLAS (July 7, 2012) - If you could have one wish granted, anything in the world, what would it be?

For Tim Vorenkamp, a member of the 949 16s team in the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC) 16 Club Division competing in Dallas, that wish is to go to the London Olympics, and for him that wish is coming true.

Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Vorenkamp, 15, will be heading to the 2012 London Olympics to hang out with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team.

“I was 13 when I found a lump on my leg while I was playing for Orange County Volleyball Club (OCVC),” Vorenkamp said. “I found out shortly after that it was stage 3 cancer and a month later I had it removed.”

The rare form of cancer, so rare that only four people in the U.S. get diagnosed each year, has a 40 percent chance of coming back. Though chemotherapy and radiation are complete, the thought of going through the cancer cycle again is very real for Vorenkamp and his family.

“There are no words to describe how painful it is to hear that your child has cancer,” his mother Petra Vorenkamp said with tears in her eyes. “When you hear that word, cancer, your mind immediately goes to death.”

Now, a year cancer free, Vorenkamp is back playing volleyball. He changed clubs and now plays up an age group, determined to make the national team one day.

“I missed my entire eighth-grade year,” Vorenkamp said. “I was cleared after graduation and the first thing I wanted to do was play volleyball. I started talking to my high school coach at JSerra Catholic High School and got back in the gym. I built my skills back up and made varsity my freshman year.”

Though he missed his eighth grade year due to treatment, Vorenkamp was able to skip that academic level and join his classmates in high school.

“I was fortunate to recover quickly,” Vorenkamp said. “My hair grew back much quicker than they expected and I started feeling better.”

After going through such a fast and traumatic experience, Vorenkamp credits volleyball and his dream to be on the national team one day to keeping his spirits up as well as connected to his friends.

“I love playing and I love the people,” Vorenkamp said. “Through treatment I just kept thinking that in a year I would be with my friends again and back on the court.”

Now with the 949 club of the Southern California Region, Vorenkamp has made a new start on the court and has gained tremendous support from his family and the entire club. With help from them all, Vorenkamp stayed positive throughout the cancer cycles. However, his mother credits him for the family’s strength.

“His strength comes from a deep place,” Petra said. “He stayed so positive the entire time. It was truly an inspiration to us all. The process is draining. He would go 10 days without being able to see anyone, five days without eating, sleeping for 28 hours and then a week later he would have to do it all over again. For a kid that is in an indescribable situation, he always reminded us that he was going to fight and stay strong.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is giving Vorenkamp an opportunity of lifetime by flying him and his family to London for a week of Olympic action.

“We haven’t been told any details yet,” Petra said. “On July 14 we will get the itinerary and figure out exactly what we will be doing.”

“It is going to be so amazing,” Vorenkamp said. “My dream is to be on the national team, so being able to meet them at the Olympics and watch them play at that level is unbelievable. They said that it is one of the biggest wishes that they have ever granted.”

For months now Vorenkamp has been giving speeches for various cancer foundations. He speaks in hospitals, to groups and with children going through similar situations.

“I just want to help. That is what I love to do,” Vorenkamp said. “When you are going through a situation like cancer and everything is bad news, hearing a survivor’s story can really give you the motivation that they need to get through that day. It shows that it is possible to keep going.”

Vorenkamp will have to continue screenings for a good part of his life to make sure that the cancer does not come back. He has accepted that this is part of him and that his fight is not over. With the support from his family, his club and the opportunity from Make-A-Wish he promises to do everything he can to help kids like him.

“He will always have cancer,” Petra said. “It will be something that will always be part of him. His positive attitude and goal of becoming a national team athlete is his motivation every day. His father, Pieter and I truly believe that he is determined to make that team and that he will do it one day.”

“I have all the support in the world so I will do my part to make sure I live up to my potential on and off the court,” Vorenkamp said.

The U.S. Men’s National Team has a strong connection to the Make-A-Wish and has been granting wishes from children for years through the Foundation. Read previous releases of when the men’s team was part of a child’s wish.

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