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Starlings Impact

Starlings Stories

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

"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



In the United States, high female dropout rates are correlated to economic risk. The dropout rates are even worse for girls of color: nationwide, 37% of Hispanic female students, 40% of Black female students, and 50% of Native American/Alaskan Native female students failed to graduate in four years...


Girls from low income households are also 5 TIMES MORE LIKELY to suffer child abuse and neglect...

Starlings began in 1996 with a single team at Lincoln High School in San Diego, California.


Today, you can find Starlings programs in over 70 cities and Native American reservations nationwide!

How you can help

Help Starlings change lives by donating your time or money to benefit the approximately 75 clubs in more than 50 cities and Native American reservations throughout the U.S.

For more information, visit the "WAYS TO GIVE" page.

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