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CAMPUS MAP:   http://www.usyvl.org/media/forms/seaver-map.pdf 

 

 

Firestone Fieldhouse is located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA.   

 

The games will take place in building 24 (Firestone Fieldhouse) on the map. Parking is available on the street and in a large lot below Firestone Fieldhouse.   

Check-in for registered attendees will take place inside the lobby of Firestone Fieldhouse. We will have a will-call table as soon as you walk in from the entrance (the table will be very visible).  

Please remember to bring a form of photo ID, whether it be a student ID or driver’s license (this applies to students 7th grade and above).

 

 

The USYVL has a unique and exciting opportunity for all USYVL players! On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the #3 ranked Pepperdine Men’s Volleyball team will host California State University Northridge. It's destined to be a thrilling game, as both teams are considered among the best in Collegiate Men’s Volleyball! Tickets are complimentary for USYVL players, parents, volunteers, and friends. Additional tickets are available upon request, so be sure to invite all family, friends, grandparents, neighbors, etc.! 

 

As an extra incentive, the USYVL will keep track of the amount of people each site draws to the game (not only USYVL players but whoever else they bring).  Please make sure they register on the USYVL website for the game and select your site when registering. The site that has the highest turnout, percentage-wise, will receive a free volleyball clinic and autograph session during this upcoming spring season from Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton!  If you'd like more information about Dain Blanton you can find it here http://www.dainblanton.com.

 

Registration is closed.  Every registered attendee 7th grade and above must present a form of photo ID to claim their complimentary ticket at the will-call table, as per NCAA regulations.

 

So be sure to bring as many people as possible for a fun-filled evening!  The details are as follows:

 

Where: Pepperdine University (Firestone Fieldhouse)
  24555 Pacific Coast Highway
  Malibu, CA 90263
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: The game begins at 7pm, but please arrive early at 6:30pm
Cost: Free for everyone who registers on the USYVL Website

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the following number: 888.988.7985. 

 

 

 

 

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 The last time the league held a USYVL Kids’ Night at Pepperdine University, over 500 USYVL participants, family members and friends attended. Now you have another opportunity to attend a match with free admission for players, parents, friends and relatives as USC Men’s Volleyball Team (#7) takes on Pepperdine University (#3) on Saturday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. Along with free admission to the game for you, your family and friends, your site will have chance to win special appearance by a volleyball pro at your site.   

 

USYVL will be keeping track of the number of people each site draws to the game - not only USYVL players, but whomever else you bring. Please make sure they register on the USYVL website and select your site when registering so they can be properly attributed to your site. The site that has the highest turnout, percentage-wise, will have the opportunity to have a top volleyball pro visit their site.   

 

As always, be sure to bring as many people as possible for a fun-filled evening! Of course, total tickets are limited, so register early. Ready, set, fun!

The Scoop: These two teams are currently ranked in the NCAA top 10, so expect a great match! 

 

Register by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3pm! 

 

Please remember to bring a form of photo ID, whether it be a student ID or driver’s license (this applies to students 7th grade and above).   

  

 The details are as follows:

 

Where: Pepperdine University (Firestone Fieldhouse)
  24555 Pacific Coast Highway
  Malibu, CA 90263
When: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: The game begins at 7pm, but please arrive early at 6:30pm
Cost: Free for everyone who registers on the USYVL Website

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the following number: 888.988.7985. 

  

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USYVL Kids’ Nights/Long Beach State vs. UCLA  


Along with the fun, fitness benefits, skill and social development resulting from participation in the USYVL, the league offers great perks, including USYVL Kids’ Nights at selected college matches.  Along with free admission to the game for you, your family and friends, each match will provide an opportunity to win an “Event or Clinic with a Pro” for your site. 


How does it work? USYVL will be keeping track of the number of people each site draws to the game (not only USYVL players, but whoever else they bring). Please make sure they register on the USYVL website for the game and select your site when registering to be properly attributed to your site. The site that has the highest turnout, percentage-wise, will receive a free volleyball clinic and autograph session during this upcoming spring season from a pro.  


Watching high level volleyball players play the game is exciting and instructional. The kids really do benefit from watching good form and effort in action. Of course, if your site wins the “Event or Clinic with a Pro,” you child will have an inspiring and lasting learning experience. So be sure to bring as many people as possible for a fun-filled evening! Of course, total tickets are limited, so register early.

 

 

The Scoop: These two teams are currently ranked in the NCAA top 10, so expect a great match!   

 


Please remember to bring a form of photo ID, whether it be a student ID or driver’s license (this applies to students 7th grade and above).   

  

Register by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3pm!

  

CAMPUS MAP:   http://daf.csulb.edu/maps/parking/ 

 

 

 The details are as follows:

 

Where: Long Beach State University- at the Pyramid
  1250 N. Bellflower Blvd
  Long Beach, CA
When: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: The game begins at 7pm, but please arrive early at 6:30pm
Cost: Free for USYVL Members who registers on the USYVL Website *Parking fee will be charged for lot parking

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the following number: 888.988.7985. 

 

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Registration is open until 5:30 p.m. today.  We look forward to seeing you in Malibu tonight.

 

The recent USYVL Kids’ Nights generated over 700 USYVL-affiliated fans. Based on this raving success, and the tremendous turnouts at previous Kids’ Nights, the good folks at Pepperdine University have offered to host another USYVL Kids’ Night. So, once again, you have another opportunity to attend a match with free admission for players, parents, friends and relatives. This time, the University of Hawaii’s Men’s Volleyball Team (#9) takes on Pepperdine University (#2) in consecutive night matches -- on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Both matches take place at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to attend one or both matches. Along with free admission to the game for you, your family and friends, your site will have chance to win special appearance by a volleyball pro at your site. 

 

USYVL will be keeping track of the number of people each site draws to the game - not only USYVL players, but whomever else you bring. Please make sure they register on the USYVL website and select your site when registering so they can be properly attributed to your site. The site that has the highest turnout, percentage-wise, will have the opportunity to have a top volleyball pro visit their site. 

 

As always, be sure to bring as many people as possible for a fun-filled evening! Of course, total tickets are limited, so register early. Let the fun begin!

 

College Match: Hawaii vs. Pepperdine

Pro Event: Special guest to be announced.

Dates/Times: Friday, April 11; Saturday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Pepperdine University

    24255 Pacific Coast Highway

    Malibu, CA

Parking: Free parking available.

The Scoop: With Pepperdine ranked #2 and Hawaii, a university that always travels with great home support, ranked in the top 10, expect a competitive match and engaged fans.     

 

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#givingtuesday

The desire to give, to help, resides in the core of all human beings. We see it in the wake of natural disasters around the world, which give rise to inspired charity efforts and an outpouring of support from people often thousands of miles away. The holiday season is a time for giving and charity not inspired by disaster, but by giving to those who have so little in a time when every little bit counts.

Tuesday, December 3 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, which arose in 2012 as an offshoot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year. #GivingTuesday encourages communities to get involved with nonprofit organizations by donating money and volunteering.

#GivingTuesday is a day in which Americans are encouraged to give to non-profit organizations or volunteer their time to other community organizations. In its inaugural year, for-profit companies stepped in and encouraged their employees to get involved. In some cases, huge giving efforts were funded by for-profit companies. Analysts estimate nearly $10 million was donated in #GivingTuesday’s inaugural year.

Behind the all of the laughter, smiles, digging, setting, and spiking, the United States Youth Volleyball League’s (USYVL) mission to provide every child an opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, safe, and supervised environment thrives on the charity and good will of corporations, individual donors, and everyday people.

Give a child in need an opportunity this #GivingTuesday by donating $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can comfortably give. Each donation, no matter the amount, goes a long way to ensuring that those in need have the same opportunities as those of privilege.

With so many of the real reasons for the holiday season shrouded amidst the hustle and bustle of a shopping season that begins earlier each year, many families strive for the restoration of the spirit of family, togetherness, and good will.  #GivingTuesday is the perfect way to embrace these values. 

Donors supporting USYVL this year can be assured that their gift will make a difference for a child  through healthy activity, building of self esteem and teamwork. 

#GivingTuesday donations can be made on the USYVL website at www.usyvl.org. Share your support on Twitter and Facebook by using hashtags for #GivingTuesday and #USYVL. Your support is very much appreciated this holiday season.  

 

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Footwear and apparel manufacturer ASICS has been a longtime sponsor of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL).  You likely have noticed the ASICS logo on USYVL uniforms, as well as Coach’s shirts and Clinician uniforms.  It is a symbol of commitment to youth sports, particularly volleyball in the United States. 

 

ASICS, as a company, has been around for over 60 years.  Do you know what the ASICS acronym stands for?  Here is the answer!  Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka , who founded the company as Onitsuka Co., Ltd. In 1949, decided on the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which when translated expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body."  So, now you know. ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness.

 

ASICS not only supports the efforts of USYVL, but also professional athletes, including pro volleyball player Kaitlin Sather Nielsen, who visited the Torrance, CA sites during this past season.  Of course, you see many volleyball players wearing ASICS famous GEL Cushioning System. 

 

“We are very grateful for the support that ASICS has provided to the league,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director. 

 

You can find more information on ASICS at www.asicsamerica.com.  

 

 

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Donate $30* and receive your choice of one of these cool gifts:

 

VolleyGuard T-shirt
 

USYVL Volleyball Starts Here T-shirt

  USYVL Exclamation! T-shirt

Keep kids active, healthy and growing through the sport of volleyball with your donation to the USYVL. 

 

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CAMPUS MAP:   http://www.usyvl.org/media/forms/seaver-map.pdf

 

Firestone Fieldhouse is located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA.

 

The games will take place in building 24 (Firestone Fieldhouse) on the map. Parking is available on the street and in a large lot below Firestone Fieldhouse.

  

Check-in for registered attendees will take place inside the lobby of Firestone Fieldhouse. We will have a will-call table as soon as people walk in from the entrance (the table will be very visible). 

 

Please remember to bring a form of photo ID, whether it be a student ID or driver’s license (this applies to students 7th grade and above).

 

 

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CAMPUS MAP:   http://daf.csulb.edu/maps/parking/ 

 

Long Beach State University – at the Pyramid 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd

 

The games will take place in the Pyramid on the map. Parking is available in the adjacent parking lots or limited street parking is also available. Please arrive  by 6:30PM as the game starts at 7PM sharp.

  

Check-in for registered attendees will take place outside the ticket office. We will have a will-call table as soon as people walk in from the entrance (the table will be very visible). 

 

Please remember to bring a form of photo ID, whether it be a student ID or driver’s license (this applies to students 7th grade and above).

 

 

 

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With the end of the year coming up quickly, you may be thinking of attaining goals you have set, or ways you can help your community, your children, and those less fortunate.  United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, has taught volleyball and important life skills to over 100,000 children, and your donation can help that next child in need of financial aid, offering an opportunity to develop essential teamwork skills, all while building self-esteem.  Yes, USYVL impacts your children directly – and, with further donations, will continue to impact others across the nation.  So, be part of the USYVL movement, and share what you can.  Your donations, whether personal or from your company, are tax deductable, and will continue the good work that happens every season with USYVL.

Keep kids active, engaged in positive activity, and learning one of the world’s great sports – one that actually was invented in the USA. 

The USYVL has seen many times over the quantifiable impact that participation in the league delivers.  This impact is magnified several fold for underprivileged children when they are exposed to USYVL – often providing their first youth sports experience.  Their smiles speak volumes, the outward emotion of the inner reality that these kids feel truly part of something. 

No amount is too small. Leave a legacy by donating whatever amount you can comfortably donate, and know your contribution will continue to drive positive action for children across the country.  Let’s sport for it… volleyball!

You can donate on the USYVL website, or by mail at:

USYVL Headquarters

2771 Plaza Del Amo

Suite 808

Torrance, CA 90503

 

 

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This Saturday, October 26, fitness guru and celebrity trainer extraordinaire Dion Jackson will be visiting the Torrance, California USYVL locations with pro beach volleyball players Traci Weamer, Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen and Nils Nielsen to warm-up the kids.  Dion and the pros will serve up plenty of excitement when they visit the Sur La Brea Park location at 10 a.m., followed by McMaster Park in Torrance at approximately 11 a.m., before heading to the Veggie Grill in Torrance (2355 Pacific Coast Highway) with the pros to sign autographs. 

 

Dion has been a “go-to” trainer for numerous celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Rob Lowe, Nia Long and other big names.  You may have seen him at other USYVL events, sharing his enthusiasm for fitness.

 

Pro beach volleyball player Traci Weamer is originally from Upland, California, and played college volleyball at Concordia University.  In 2011, Weamer won a made-for-CBS "Best of the Beach" event for collegians with Jane Chafeh.     

Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen is a professional beach volleyball player who competes domestically and internationally. Currently, she is a member of the Elite USA Beach National Team and the assistant coach for the UCLA Women's Sand Volleyball Team. Kaitlin attended UCLA, where she was an outside hitter on the indoor volleyball team.

Look for more pro appearances at USYVL sites in the near future. 

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USYVL Launches New Mobile Website with Fun Functionality

United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) has launched a slick new mobile site with new functionality, including ScoreKeeper, a tool that will be beneficial for coaches, parents, and anyone playing a game of volleyball.  Complete schedules for each team at every USYVL site, which includes times for practices and games, is one of the highlights of the mobile site. 

“Whether on a tablet or smartphone, parents, and coaches in particular, are going to find this mobile site very useful,” said Randy Sapoznik, USYVL Executive Director.  In addition to complete game schedules, the new site also offers instructional summaries for every practice session throughout the season.  Coaches will be able to conveniently access this information on their mobile devices at any time. 

The feature that coaches and parents will be playing with the most may be the aforementioned ScoreKeeper, which allows anyone with a mobile device the opportunity to keep score using Hot Potato, Double Max or traditional scoring.  This feature also includes an audio whistle tone, either in singular or two tones in quick succession, which will be helpful during games for coaches.  

You can access the new mobile website, which was designed by Aaron Martin, on your mobile device, or at www.m.usyvl.org. 

Be sure to check it out! 

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 Last month, Dale Hoffman, one of the co-founders of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL), received an award to honor his role in the formation of the league, which began in 1997.  Dale had been a long-time proponent of youth volleyball prior to his meetings with co-founder Randy Sapoznik, who remains in place to this day as the executive director.  In the league’s 15 years, well over 100,000 children learned volleyball, teamwork and self-esteem building skills through the USYVL. 

When Randy Sapoznik approached Dale with the original concept, Dale, having been involved in beach volleyball and youth programs for several years as well as having well-established contacts and operational expertise needed to form the league, was excited by the prospect of what it could be. 

“There are several volleyball-related accomplishments of which I’m quite proud,” Dale said recently. “Working with John Kessel on the Junior Olympics beach events is one, assisting the CBVA in the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame is another.  However, it is thinking back to sitting in my office with Randy Sapoznik talking about the USYVL with only Randy’s idea and passion and my desire to help make it happen – to  see where the USVYL is over 15 years later is amazing!”

 Dale was serving as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA), and was involved with the U.S. Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball Championships and U.S. Beach Volleyball Championships in the 1990s, as well as holding a vice president role with USA Volleyball’s Beach Division. 

His cooperative effort with Randy Sapoznik took a concept to full-fledged league in a matter of months.  “We have many people to thanks for the success of the USYVL,” said Randy Sapoznik.  “However, it’s a fact that without Dale, the league would have never gotten off the ground.” 

Dale’s affiliation with volleyball and youth programs is, indeed, impressive.  In 1994, Dale was listed as one of the “People of the Year” in Volleyball Magazine for his efforts, along with those of John Kessel at USA Volleyball and Gino Grajeda at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), to establish a youth beach volleyball championship.  Dale was also president of his company, Recreaction International, Inc. where he was responsible for managing Ventura County’s Friday Night Live, a tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse prevention program for teens.  He also served as president of the California Beach Volleyball Association, the world’s oldest beach volleyball organization.  In 1994, Dale co-founded the U.S. Junior Olympics Beach Volleyball Championships with John Kessel in Capistrano Beach.  Later, in 1997 Randy Sapoznik and Dale co-founded the United States Youth Volleyball League, which provided children ages 8 to 14 the opportunity to learn the sport of volleyball in an organized, fun environment.

However, Dale is more than a leader, great coach and program developer for the sport of volleyball.  He has impressive athletic achievements in his past.  Personal accomplishments include winning a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 1994 World Masters Games in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia and riding his bike across the USA in 1998 as part of an American Lung Association fundraising effort. 

These days, Dale, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education, serves in a management role for Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska.  He lives in Alaska, home to the midnight sun.  In his free time, along with traveling and cycling, he continues to enjoy playing volleyball.  Many thanks to Dale! 

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What’s in a name?  Well, quite a bit when it comes to the official USYVL “Best Team Name Contest.”  Have you thought of creative team name yet?  Whether your name is the Sporty Spikers, Hermosa Heros or the Slamming Sharks, there are many great names to be created. 

 

If you haven’t decided on a team name, now is the time.  Team names will be collected through September 25, 2013.  To be entered to win, you must inform your Site Director of your name choice prior to September 25. 

 

The winning team will receive special USYVL T-shirts.  Stay tuned!  The winner will be chosen by the USYVL National Office on September 30, 2013.  Make sure you are entered. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you looking for a way to make the most your child’s time, and your time, during a United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) season?  Consider coaching.  It is probably much easier than you think.  You will, undoubtedly, make meaningful contributions with the time you spend teaching teamwork and volleyball skills to youth in your area.  Better yet, your child will be thrilled, and you’ll develop a wonderful, long-lasting rapport with the other children on your team. 

Since each site has a Clinician (consider this person the coach-in-chief), coaches are tasked with executing a pre-prepared lesson plan that is spearheaded by the Clinician.  You’ll have tools before you hit the court in the form of an easy-to-read coaching manual, and on-site training given by your Clinician.  Truly, it makes the job very easy.  Opportunities exist for both Head Coach and Assistant Coach roles.  Interested?  Be sure to reach out to your Site Director. 

With leagues beginning, the sooner you make the move, the better.  If you have any questions regarding coaching or other volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact the USYVL National Office at 888-988-7985, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   Building confidence in these young players through your efforts as a coach is a truly rewarding experience. 

 

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Every season we send out a special gift to the person who referred the most new players to USYVL.  This year the grand prize is an autographed gold volleyball signed by the USA Women's National Team!

For all others who referred a friend, we have a special gift for you too.  It is expected to arrive at your house shortly. 

Thank you from USYVL for sharing the sport of volleyball with your friends!

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Fall 2012 Team Name Contest Winners:  In-Dig-O!

Congratulations!  Great play on the sport and your team color!

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Registration is open for our 3 day summer camps

Click here for CA & NV Summer Camps

We are still accepting Registrations for our summer camps.  Your registration fee includes a uniform t-shirt.  Each player may wear athletic clothing and shoes, like tennis shoes, they already own.

You can register online orby mail.Registration forms can be printed from the website or we can send one to you by email, fax or mail.  If you would like more information or would like us to send you a flyer, please call 1-888-988-7985.

Why should you join? 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions!

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Congratulations to Misty and Kerri for making history in the London Olympics!

This is a great time for the sport of volleyball, not just beach volleyball, where we have the opportunity to see the passion, athleticism and joy that it can bring.

The story has been written for future generations and will inspire the next Olympians.

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DALLAS (July 7, 2012) - If you could have one wish granted, anything in the world, what would it be?

For Tim Vorenkamp, a member of the 949 16s team in the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC) 16 Club Division competing in Dallas, that wish is to go to the London Olympics, and for him that wish is coming true.

Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Vorenkamp, 15, will be heading to the 2012 London Olympics to hang out with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team.

“I was 13 when I found a lump on my leg while I was playing for Orange County Volleyball Club (OCVC),” Vorenkamp said. “I found out shortly after that it was stage 3 cancer and a month later I had it removed.”

The rare form of cancer, so rare that only four people in the U.S. get diagnosed each year, has a 40 percent chance of coming back. Though chemotherapy and radiation are complete, the thought of going through the cancer cycle again is very real for Vorenkamp and his family.

“There are no words to describe how painful it is to hear that your child has cancer,” his mother Petra Vorenkamp said with tears in her eyes. “When you hear that word, cancer, your mind immediately goes to death.”

Now, a year cancer free, Vorenkamp is back playing volleyball. He changed clubs and now plays up an age group, determined to make the national team one day.

“I missed my entire eighth-grade year,” Vorenkamp said. “I was cleared after graduation and the first thing I wanted to do was play volleyball. I started talking to my high school coach at JSerra Catholic High School and got back in the gym. I built my skills back up and made varsity my freshman year.”

Though he missed his eighth grade year due to treatment, Vorenkamp was able to skip that academic level and join his classmates in high school.

“I was fortunate to recover quickly,” Vorenkamp said. “My hair grew back much quicker than they expected and I started feeling better.”

After going through such a fast and traumatic experience, Vorenkamp credits volleyball and his dream to be on the national team one day to keeping his spirits up as well as connected to his friends.

“I love playing and I love the people,” Vorenkamp said. “Through treatment I just kept thinking that in a year I would be with my friends again and back on the court.”

Now with the 949 club of the Southern California Region, Vorenkamp has made a new start on the court and has gained tremendous support from his family and the entire club. With help from them all, Vorenkamp stayed positive throughout the cancer cycles. However, his mother credits him for the family’s strength.

“His strength comes from a deep place,” Petra said. “He stayed so positive the entire time. It was truly an inspiration to us all. The process is draining. He would go 10 days without being able to see anyone, five days without eating, sleeping for 28 hours and then a week later he would have to do it all over again. For a kid that is in an indescribable situation, he always reminded us that he was going to fight and stay strong.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is giving Vorenkamp an opportunity of lifetime by flying him and his family to London for a week of Olympic action.

“We haven’t been told any details yet,” Petra said. “On July 14 we will get the itinerary and figure out exactly what we will be doing.”

“It is going to be so amazing,” Vorenkamp said. “My dream is to be on the national team, so being able to meet them at the Olympics and watch them play at that level is unbelievable. They said that it is one of the biggest wishes that they have ever granted.”

For months now Vorenkamp has been giving speeches for various cancer foundations. He speaks in hospitals, to groups and with children going through similar situations.

“I just want to help. That is what I love to do,” Vorenkamp said. “When you are going through a situation like cancer and everything is bad news, hearing a survivor’s story can really give you the motivation that they need to get through that day. It shows that it is possible to keep going.”

Vorenkamp will have to continue screenings for a good part of his life to make sure that the cancer does not come back. He has accepted that this is part of him and that his fight is not over. With the support from his family, his club and the opportunity from Make-A-Wish he promises to do everything he can to help kids like him.

“He will always have cancer,” Petra said. “It will be something that will always be part of him. His positive attitude and goal of becoming a national team athlete is his motivation every day. His father, Pieter and I truly believe that he is determined to make that team and that he will do it one day.”

“I have all the support in the world so I will do my part to make sure I live up to my potential on and off the court,” Vorenkamp said.

The U.S. Men’s National Team has a strong connection to the Make-A-Wish and has been granting wishes from children for years through the Foundation. Read previous releases of when the men’s team was part of a child’s wish.

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