July 07, 2021
By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch
This past Could, the Nationwide Junior University Athletic Affiliation Foundation and the Initially Level Volleyball Basis introduced $200,000 in grant resources to set up men’s volleyball groups at 15 member schools to aid build towards an NJCAA championship sports program. Ocean County Faculty was among the institutions to acquire funding, with the team’s first period planned for spring 2023.
“We’re extremely psyched to give OCC university student-athletes the prospect to compete in men’s volleyball at the collegiate stage,” claimed Ilene Cohen, OCC’s govt director of athletics. “To that finish, we’re very grateful for the $10,000 grant from the NJCAA Basis and First Place Volleyball Basis that will help us to start this application as we keep on to develop the sport in this state.”
At the moment, 12 higher schools in Ocean County offer boys’ volleyball groups.
“The ability to make a lot more chances for student-athletes to compete in higher education and take element in a increasing sport is a person of the best wins the NJCAA Basis can achieve,” explained Brian Luckett, government director of the NJCAA Foundation. “We are appreciative of Very first Place Volleyball Basis for producing this achievable, and (of) the NJCAA member faculties who have stepped up to make background by bringing back men’s volleyball to the association.”
“Two-year faculties current the most reasonably priced opportunity for young men and women to engage in university volleyball during a time when learners want to continue to be nearer to residence,” reported Mick Haley, 1st Position Volleyball Basis volunteer board member and American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Famer. “Our hope at 1st Position is to see 35 or 40 additional two-yr schools follow these 15 and sponsor men’s volleyball.”
To find out more about OCC’s athletics courses, go to OCCVikings.com. —J.K.-H.