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There are so many wonderful organizations and individuals in our community who are making a big difference to better the world around us. These organizations inspire us to be generous, ignite change where needs and barriers exist and empower others to do the same.
Starlings Volleyball, USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, believes every girl deserves the opportunity to play club volleyball, regardless of socioeconomic background or level of play. Starlings dues, if any, are a fraction of most junior club costs, with the goal that no girl is turned away because of inability to pay. Beginning in 1996 with a single inner-city San Diego team, Starlings has grown to become the nation’s largest junior volleyball club, serving more than 2,500 girls in more than 50 clubs.
Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.
We partner with organizations throughout Ohio to provide nutritious meals to at-risk children who need them most. We help day care providers, day care centers, local school districts and afterschool and summer programs provide balanced, healthy meals to children in their care. Our team of educators also deliver nutrition education and lead children in physical activities to provide a balanced approach to childhood health.
Children’s Hunger Alliance has a team of 50 professionals throughout the state who are passionate about ending childhood hunger in Ohio’s 88 counties. Our home office is in Columbus, Ohio with regional offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo.
Founded in 2016 by USA Men’s National Team Head Coach and UCLA Head Men’s Volleyball Coach John Speraw and nonprofit executive Wade Garard, First Point Volleyball Foundation prides itself on winning a series of first points, connecting donors to the men’s volleyball programs that need them most. Whether it’s a new DI or DII college program, a budding high school team in your hometown or a community initiative in an underserved area, we strive to help programs take their initial steps toward their creation and development.
Sports Imports is a national sponsor of the Side-Out Foundation, a program committed to unifying the sport of volleyball with its alliance to the movement for breast cancer awareness and education. Side-Out programs help middle school, high school, college, club and professional volleyball players and coaches engage with and support the breast cancer community. Its efforts help underwrite breast cancer clinical trials and research, support community breast cancer organizations and offer camps and clinics for volleyball players that include focus on life skills during times of adversity. The Side-Out Foundation and Sports Imports also team up to highlight select college, high school and club “Dig Pink” events during the nation’s “Dig Pink October Rally” and “Dig Pink Tour.” Athletes wearing pink compete on “pinked out” net systems with special pads and net tapes for their events Host a Dig Pink event or Donate to the Side-Out Foundation
The Warrior Games exist to provide an opportunity for athletes to grow physically, mentally and spiritually from the sportsmanship and camaraderie gained by representing their respective service teams in a friendly and spirited competition. It is an opportunity for athletes to showcase their enduring warrior spirit in the presence of their families and a grateful nation. – warriorgames.com Learn more about the Department of Defense Warrior Games.
“Kennedy’s Cause is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Corporation is founded on the belief that what is most important is recognizing the inner beauty in everyone and is committed to raising awareness of Lymphatic Malformation by spreading the message of “Let your inner beauty SHINE.” Through fundraising events, selling merchandise and community service, the Corporation strives to find ways to touch those with Lymphatic Malformation by supporting research for a cure and lending support to families with children dealing with related medical issues.” – kennedyscause.com. Kennedy Hubbard was the inspiration and the first recipient of the Sports Imports/AVCA Courage Award in 2015. In addition to leading Kennedy’s Cause, she is an active member of the volleyball community. Learn more about or donate to Kennedy’s Cause.
The Diversity Awards program is the next phase in the evolution of the organization’s diversity initiatives and minority coach development programming. Since 2002, the AVCA has been intentional with targeted programming designed to assist ethnic minority coaches in gaining access to the coaching profession and advance in their coaching careers. The AVCA Diversity Development Team has developed this award to continue the AVCA’s vision for creating opportunities and advancing the volleyball coaching profession.
Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable. – specialolympics.org Donate to the Special Olympics Unified Volleyball Program.
Bright Futures Atlanta was formed in 2002 in order to promote the spiritual, academic and physical growth of its youth participants and their families through year-round programs. After working with a local non-profit ministry for three years, Philip and Gail Ross (founders) decided to concentrate their efforts on the youth of the community. Since its inception, Bright Futures Atlanta has witnessed under-served youth of the community become self-sufficient, successful young people in college, military and full-time employment. – brightfuturesatl.org Learn more or donate to Bright Futures Atlanta.
Legacy is a non-profit working globally to redeem, restore, empower and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation and addiction. They are actively working with other organizations and social justice enterprises to raise awareness and cease a network of opportunities for the formerly exploited. The product line, Eleventh Candle Co. was created to directly support the causes derived from our non-profit. – eleventhcandle.com Learn more or donate to Legacy.
Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families–free of charge. Located in scenic Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts hundreds of happy campers each year. Flying Horse Farms is the first camp in the Midwest to become a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Founded in 1988 by actor, philanthropist, and Ohio native, Paul Newman. – flyinghorsefarms.org Learn more or donate to Flying Horse Farms.