Monday, June 10, 2019
Dear TVP Friends,
I am very much looking forward to joining with our TVP teams and friends at the 2019 Boys Junior National Championships in Dallas. This season has been fun and, as always, full of opportunities for learning and growth.
Building a competitive volleyball team training and travel program for boys has been a labor of love for the past five years. TVP's purpose is deeply rooted in who I am, and informs my work moving forward.
In my 40 years of volleyball, one challenge has been constant: clear a path to demonstrate the value of boys volleyball programs in the context of a noisy culture.
TVP has quietly demonstrated that value in a way that has been heard and seen, and experienced. Five years ago, we planted a seed by establishing a team training program. I will be forever grateful to the few families that helped us launch in 2014. Today, we all can see what has grown. We have nurtured a culture that values each of our best intentions and our common goals.
In July 2019, ten more TVP Team athletes will join more than 40 TVP Team Alumni that represent the highest level of achievement among the more than 1,500 participants that have taken part in TVP’s programs since 2014.
To all of our young people, families, friends and friendly foes, officials, coaches, peers that have moved TVP forward this year, and for the past five years: Thank you for sharing your experiences with me.
Some of you are thinking about your plans for next year. Beginning in July 2019, The Volleyball Practice LLC will be making substantial changes to its areas of focus, operations, and services. These changes may impact what you decide to do.
My decision to repurpose the time and energy I put into The Volleyball Practice LLC allows more time for me to focus on supporting my family, engage in new projects, and apply practical and impactful actions using a quiet voice in a noisy world.
A few more notes, for now...
TVP Team program participants have experienced successes born of failures and frustrations, and new challenges and expectations derived from success. Competitive learning environments have a way of helping us sort through a myriad of emotions, establish priorities, and develop life skills and perspective. Looking back, I have loved learning to navigate it all to build the TVP Team program to local, regional, and national relevance and achievement.
If your experiences with TVP Teams have helped you discover what is possible within yourself and as part of a group….and if the friendships you have made motivate you to apply your purpose for the greater good, then you will have achieved great success. I hope we draw on our TVP Team experiences to help us all be better people.
We all can now be more optimistic than ever about the pool of willing and able leaders that stand ready to build competitive travel programs for boys in the metropolitan Washington DC area. That pool includes the many athletes, parents and others that have been a part of TVP’s Team program the past five years. Certainly the opportunities to play volleyball will continue to grow.
I am so grateful for the sport of volleyball, and for the many wonderful people that serve the sport. I look forward to next time we meet!
Practice WE. Be YOU.
Founder and Principal
The Volleyball Practice LLC
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