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NMIVA donates volleyballs to SSHS

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:20 PM by Laurie Peterka   [ updated Dec 29, 2012, 4:33 PM ]
Saipan, CNMI, December 17, 2012 --- The Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association (NMIVA) donated ten (10) volleyballs to the physical education department at Saipan Southern High School (SSHS) in Koberville, Saipan.

According to Mr. Gabriel White, NMIVA's board member focused on training programs and technical development, NMIVA recently received a donation of Mikasa volleyballs from International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). This donation is on the heels of the FIVB World Congress, which took place in September at Anaheim, California this year. At the World Congress, NMIVA was able to engage with many people and is striving to leverage its affiliation to the FIVB by requesting for more resources for volleyball programs and equipment to the CNMI. In order to maximize benefits effectively and cooperatively, NMIVA is working closely with Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization (MISO) with a goal of increasing volleyball activities in all schools in the CNMI.

"It is our goal to be able to donate volleyballs to all of the schools in the CNMI," stated Ms. Laurie Peterka, NMIVA president. "At this point, we've received about 50 volleyballs from FIVB and we will work with MISO to figure out how to get these volleyballs into the hands of eager young players," Peterka said.

Mr. Nick Gross,Coach and MISO President, shared, "We've been driving to create meaningful athletic opportunities for the CNMI's youth since 2007. MISO is excited about the relationship being forged with NMIVA and the current level of volleyball enthusiasm on island and throughout the CNMI. Together we are able to expand and increase the level of play being played in CNMI."

Glenn Smith, physical education teacher at SSHS shared, "SSHS would like to thank the NMIVA for the donation of volleyballs to the Physical Education program. We have been struggling to teach volleyball here because we lacked a sufficient amount of balls. Basic skills are difficult to teach when you are working with one (1) ball for every ten (10) students. At least now we can teach the fundamentals of volleyball and have the students maximize their time practicing rather than watching people practice."

NMIVA is the National Federation for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island for beach and indoor volleyball and maintains accredited memberships with International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), Oceania Zonal Volleyball Assocation (OZVA) and Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association (NMASA). All of NMIVA's fundraisers put money into the development of volleyball in the CNMI. You too can support CNMI volleyball development by becoming a member today for a mere $20 a year. Members get email updates and discounts on all NMIVA-sanctioned volleyball events throughout the year. 

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