Starlings Clubs reunited at Nationals in June!
After a gap of TWO YEARS, we were able to welcome 55 STARLINGS TEAMS to Alliant University in San Diego for the 2021 Starlings National Championships. 18 Starlings Clubs traveled from South Carolina, Nebraska, Iowa, Arizona and all over California... We'd like to congratulate all the teams who won medals in each age group! See the Gold Bracket Champs below or CLICK HERE for the full list of winners!
Starlings Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Starlings Board, Kim Oden, joined Executive Director, Lucy Jones, in welcoming this group of 500+ Starlings players and their families to the traditional "Opening Ceremonies" pre-tournament event. This year's theme... Celebration! First, Starlings athletes were recognized and awarded for their on-the-court and off-the-court efforts...
High School Graduates and college-bound Seniors stood for a special ovation, Starlings Spirit Award Winners were announced for their exemplary attitude and teamwork, and a $1000 College Scholarship Grand Prize was awarded to the winners of the Art & Literary contest! CLICK HERE to view all the winners
Following the awards ceremony, the Starlings players were surprised with a guest panel of four Professional Athletes from our partners at Athletes Unlimited! Molly McCage (volleyball), Cassidy Lichtman (volleyball), Erica Wilson (volleyball) and Jazmyn Jackson (softball), answered questions and shared their personal experiences on the court/field and beyond...
AND MORE SPECIAL GUESTS!
Jordan Larson and Foluke Akinradewo-Gunderson, current stars from the USA Olympic Volleyball team, sent a hello and good luck video to the girls! And the final surprise came from our partners at adidas, who's representative Maria Taylor, current ESPN reporter and past Starlings player shared a special message, followed by an announcement of an adidas Team USA themed giveaway... An official Jordan Larson USA Volleyball jersey, a Team USA travel bag, and a USA Volleyball Zip Up Jacket!
Thanks to our partner, The Art of Coaching Volleyball, Starlings was able to offer a FREE College Showcase ($180 value) to Starlings Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in playing at the next level. Because it was in conjunction with Nationals, 44 athletes from 17 different cities were able to attend! The videos taken by Art of Coaching during the Showcase will be shared, along with the roster, with over 200 college programs Nationwide! Check out more details about the "Talent ID Camp" benefits HERE
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Watch the Starlings theme match, see how the Pros engaged with Starlings players across the country, and learn more about Athletes Unlimited by clicking the links below...
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 3,000 girls in more than 65 clubs.