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Starlings Impact

Starlings isn't just about volleyball. It teaches us how to set goals and how to get across the bumps in the road we're all maneuvering along — the road to success.

— Starling Lili Sun, 10th grade

Starlings players wave

More than a game

Playing a sport and being part of a team has a wealth of benefits for girls. Consider these statistics:

  • Girls who participate in sports are 92% less likely to get involved with drugs.
  • Girls who participate in sports have a higher level of self esteem.
  • Girls who participate in sports are three times more likely to graduate from high school.
  • Girls who participate in sports are 80% less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy.

Yet club sports are expensive, and that puts the experience out of reach for many. Starlings Volleyball Clubs, USA was created as a way to make club sports accessible to girls of every socioeconomic background and of every level of play. Today, Starlings is the nation's largest junior volleyball club.

Starlings By the Numbers

1996

The year Starlings  began, with a single team at Lincoln High School in San Diego, California.

50+

The number of cities and Native American reservations where Starlings clubs are now found.

30,000

The number of girls who have participated in Starlings so far.

700+

The number of college scholarships earned by Starlings.

90+

The percentage of Starlings who have graduated from high school.

Starlings Stories

Read first-hand accounts from those whose lives have been touched by Starlings.

The History of Starlings

Learn more about Starlings' beginning and soaring growth.


Starlings player passes the volleyball

A player from the Tuba City, Arizona, Starlings passes the ball at the 2009 National Championship.


what coaches say about starlings

“Volleyball isn’t affordable for many families, even those at the middle-income level. Starlings gives young ladies an opportunity to continue playing and competing after the high school season. Since most colleges don’t get much of a chance to recruit during high school season, that’s a huge benefit for athletes who are interested in playing at the next level. Our coaches at San Diego State have gone to Starlings tournaments to recruit, and we see a lot of talented athletes. This program has done a great job bringing the sport to kids who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to play.”
Deitre Collins-Parker
Head women’s coach at San Diego State University, starter on the 1988 U.S. Olympic volleyball team

How you can help

Help Starlings change lives by donating your time or money to the national organization or to one of the approximately 60 clubs in more than 50 cities and Native American reservations throughout the U.S. For more information, visit the "Get Involved" page.

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