Two Schools Awarded USAV Boys' Scholastic Grants

By Bill Kauffman | March 03, 2014, 4:18 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 3, 2014) – USA Volleyball has awarded two $250 Boys’ Scholastic Volleyball Grants for 2014 and is accepting proposals for its Molten Diversity Grant.

Colorado Springs Christian School (CSCS) and the Vanguard School received the Boys’ Scholastic Volleyball Grant. With both schools located in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Region matched both grants increasing the total to $500 to each school.

“USA Volleyball congratulates CSCS and the Vanguard School on their accepted grant proposals,” said Leslee Harms, USA Volleyball coordinator of sport development. “The recently formed USA Volleyball grant committee has given new life to the grant program, and all the committee members are excited to see how the Boys’ Scholastic Volleyball Grant and our other grants will impact diversity in our sport. We have deadlines throughout the year, so I hope people will be encouraged by the grants given to CSCS and Vanguard and decide to apply! I look forward to every application we receive and cannot wait to see the effects it will have on this program.”

CSCS’s goal is to introduce its male students to the game of volleyball with a focus on having fun, yet remaining competitive within its Tri Peaks League in Colorado. The school encourages participation of athletes who may be playing other sports, as well as other students who are not involved in any sport at CSCS. The grant will help offset league and administrative fees to reduce the out-of-pocket fees athletes must pay to compete. To promote the program, the CSCS Student Council recently held a boys’ volleyball tournament as part of spirit week with members of the girls’ team acting as coaches for the boys. There were six teams that participated in grades 9-12.

Vanguard submitted a proposal that included starting a boys’ club volleyball program to give its male population another choice to participate in a spring sport. The school seeks to expose boys to volleyball as a lifelong sport that teaches many life skills such as value of competing, teamwork and commitment. The grant will allow the school to purchase a new volleyball net and provide 2-3 practice times each week.

For more information on USAV’s Boys’ Scholastic Grant, click here.

USA Volleyball Molten Diversity Grant

USA Volleyball is accepting applications for the Molten Diversity Grant, which was initiated in 2004 with the intention of funding diversity programs and increasing diversity in the sport of volleyball. Successful grants have typically been in the $500-$1,000 range.

The grant is intended to serve and give special emphasis to those groups or communities that are most in need. This will include programs that give special attention to sectors of the population known to be underserved or underrepresented by current volleyball programs because of gender, race or ethnicity, economically disadvantaged, geographic location and physically challenged or developmentally disabled population.

The grant criteria are based on potential impact of quantity and quality, quality of staff, non-duplication of existing programs and eligibility. To download the full grant details and application form, click here.