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To provide the equal opportunity for girls from diverse, lower socioeconomic environments to train and compete at USA Volleyball’s Junior Olympic level; to encourage teamwork, health, positive life skills, and academic achievement; to establish member clubs throughout the nation that are community-based and self-sustaining.
The Starlings believe in supporting the participation of girls in volleyball because:
The sport of volleyball is ideal for the inner cities and rural areas of America — inexpensive, non-contact and inherently a social game requiring communication and cooperation. Girls playing volleyball in the United States outnumber boys, 12-1. It is truly the “girl’s game” of America.
Starlings Volleyball Clubs excludes no girl due to financial hardship. While junior club volleyball dues around the nation are often exclusionary, Starlings club dues are dramatically minimized and some girls are provided work opportunities in exchange for monthly dues. Additionally, all Starlings clubs are required to raise part of their budget through fundraising.
Each individual Starlings club is encouraged to adopt a mentoring program to nurture personal growth and educational achievement.
Director Gwen Wilcher
Work: (803) 733-7402
Cell: (803) 479-2941