Five-time Olympian Danielle Scott suffered serious wounds in trying to protect her sister in a domestic violence attack
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 21, 2018) – Danielle Scott, a five-time Olympian, two-time Olympic silver medalist and 2016 inductee into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, was seriously injured in a family domestic violence incident that took place this past Sunday and a GoFundMe account has been started to offset medical costs.
Scott’s sister Stefanie Vallery was fatally stabbed by her husband Michael Vallery, who also seriously injured Scott and Stefanie’s own daughter Danielle (aka Danni Boo). Scott suffered multiple stab wounds to her legs and both hands trying to protect her sister during the attack.
Scott was transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
“USA Volleyball sends our strength, love and support to Danielle and her family,” USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis said. “We are deeply saddened by this heinous incident yet so proud of Danielle’s incredible bravery and wish her a speedy recovery.”
Tayyiba Haneef-Park, a teammate of Scott’s on three Olympic teams, has set up a GoFundMe account on behalf of Danielle and her sister.
“Danielle, a five-time USA Volleyball Olympian, is a selfless and inspirational woman,” Haneef-Park said. “In her attempt to protect her sister from attack, she was critically wounded in the thigh and hands. She underwent surgery and will have a long road to full recovery ahead of her. On behalf of the family, I am reaching out for support, with your help, to establish relief for both Stefanie’s family and Danielle. Any contributions will help funeral costs for Stefanie as well as provide medical assistance for Danielle as she recovers from this tragic incident.”
To donate to the GoFundMe account, click here.
Scott passed along a message stating her faith is strong and appreciates the support of family, friends and fans. She is overwhelmed yet remains hopeful.
About Danielle Scott
Danielle Scott’s ability to sustain excellence over an extraordinary length of time at the highest levels has warranted her a spot among the all-time greats of the game.
Before starring on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team as a middle blocker for 19 years, Danielle played collegiately at Long Beach State University where she was a three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American First-Team. She ended her career as the NCAA leader in career hitting efficiency at .421. Danielle led the 49ers to the NCAA title as a senior in 1993 when she earned three major postseason awards – AVCA and Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year and the Honda Award as the nation’s best female volleyball player. That same year, she earned All-Big West Conference in basketball to become the first player to earn all-conference accolades in two sports in one season.
Danielle joined the U.S. Women’s National Team on a full-time basis in 1994, making her international debut at the Goodwill Games and played in her first of three FIVB World Championships. In 1995, she helped Team USA win its first-ever FIVB World Grand Prix title with extensive time off the bench. After biding her time as a key reserve in her first two years, Danielle was selected to her first of five consecutive Olympics – the 1996 Atlanta Games where she started the final two matches.
Four years later, Danielle became a veteran leader on a rather young 2000 Olympic Team that finished fourth in Sydney. She was named Best Blocker of the 2000 Olympics where she had 33 blocks as part of her 139 total points.
Danielle carried that success through the rest of the decade with multiple medals and individual honors. She sparked the Americans to the 2001 FIVB World Grand Prix title as she was honored with the most valuable player award, Best Scorer and Best Blocker awards. In the following year, Danielle led the U.S. to the 2002 FIVB World Championship silver medal as she was named Best Blocker. She paced Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2003 FIVB World Cup where the Americans qualified for the 2004 Olympics. At the Athens Games, Danielle was seventh overall in blocking despite the USA’s disappointing knockout in the quarterfinals.
Following the Athens Games, she helped a resurgent Team USA in 2007 following two years of middling results. Danielle was named as flag bearer to lead the Team USA delegation at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, where the young USA roster finished with the bronze medal. Later that year, the Americans qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by finishing third at the 2007 FIVB World Cup and Danielle finished third in blocking. Team USA’s late quadrennial momentum continued in 2008 as Danielle and her overachieving teammates found themselves in the Beijing Olympic Games final against Brazil before taking home the silver medal – the team’s first Olympic medal since 1992.
After missing all of 2010 while pregnant with her daughter Julianne, Danielle worked herself back into shape and was a key performer off the bench to help Team USA win gold at the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix and silver at the 2011 FIVB World Cup, thus again earning a berth into the 2012 Olympics. Based on her strong efforts starting eight of 14 matches of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix leading to her fifth gold in that event, Danielle was selected to her fifth Olympic Games at the age of 39. As a reserve middle playing six sets in the London Games, she provided a veteran presence for the Americans to finish with the 2012 Olympic silver medal, losing only to Brazil in the finals.
Danielle’s second-to-last appearance wearing the Red, White and Blue was in 2013, playing in the inaugural USA Volleyball Cup against Japan on June 12 at Long Beach State where she played collegiately. Since then, she has been an integral part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline coaching the next generation of aspiring Olympians.
Danielle is one of only four volleyball players – male or female – to have participated in five Olympic Games. Russia’s Yevgeniya Artamonova-Estes and Sergey Tetyukhin played in a remarkable six Olympics, while Brazilian Fofão competed in five Olympics. And what makes Danielle’s five Olympics even more impressive is that she played under five different head coaches with five different systems.
Along with the five Olympic Games appearances, Danielle’s 19-year career included four appearances in the FIVB World Cup, three selections to FIVB World Championships and 11 appearances in FIVB World Grand Prix tournaments. Overall, she played in over 420 international matches.