Posted On: 06/19/22 8:06 PM

We are getting prepared to launch a full two weeks of previews and coverage for our 15-17s as they take on AAU and USAV Nationals. It is one of the most exciting times of the year for junior volleyball players. Before we get to that starting tomorrow, we want to take a quick minute to highlight a couple of things.

First, Happy Juneteenth! This day became a National Holiday last year and was a long time coming. June 19, 1865, was when many of the slaves in Texas were notified of their freedom. From Juneteenth to the Black Codes to Jim Crow Laws, blacks in America have and continue to overcome many obstacles and challenges in our country.

I mention this because it excites me to continue to see the rise of African-American girls in the sport we all love. I’ve been in gyms for only the last decade, but to see where the numbers are now compared to years ago it’s a positive sign. As we know, it’s not a cheap sport to take on so kudos to the clubs and sponsors who continue to provide opportunity and make it an equitable activity to participate in for young black

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