Dr. Rich Paat from the Toledo Starlings team made another trip down to Haiti to help the “Youth without Borders” cause. He brought in enough “kids without hunger” food packs to hopefully feed all the kids in the school for two months and also left health packs for the kids. The Toledo Starlings parents put together school supplies for the 15 unenrolled kids at the school that only get to sit outside the window of the school and try to learn by listening to the teacher. “Helping the least fortunate of the kids is what our Starlings program tries to accomplish,” Paat acknowledges. “I’d like to make another passionate plea to all of our Starlings Clubs to help sponsor the kids at Edeline’s School in Haiti.”
Former Omaha Starling, Colleen Ourada, is now a senior at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. You may remember her from Nationals a few years ago, she is the one that had to play all wrapped up because she has had three hip surgeries. In addition to setting the all school kill record at Augsburg, yesterday she was named All-American. Congratulations!
We took the crew to Daytona Beach to watch Alexas Thomas (a freshman from our Brevard County Starlings club) play her final home match of the season for Bethune Cookman University. It turns out that a bunch of Cocoa people were there to see a freshman girl from South Carolina State named Alexis Moses. Small world, they both attended and played volleyball together at Kennedy Middle school. Alexis moved to South Carolina after her 8th grade year. They are still great friends!!! I have been a part of the Kennedy Middle School volleyball program since its inception almost 10 years ago.
Getting Starlings in the middle school is a great choice. It has made a huge difference in Central Brevard County. And apparently in the MEAC conference. They are both outstanding players.
80 Junior High girls in Anaheim came out to the American Sports Center this spring to participate in the first Starlings Anaheim volleyball program. Anaheim is the training home of the USA Women’s National Team and Head Coach Karch Kiraly thought it would be a good idea for the players to give something back to the community that generously hosts them. The reaction from the participating girls has been overwhelming and the program has also generated newspaper articles and the recognition of the City of Anaheim.
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