The Volleybond event on Sunday June 26th kicks off the start of the summer season for Beyond Volley and it is 100% focused on strenghtening community and family.
Director Leti Vladez is making sure the day starts with a morning park cleanup, so our program, especially our youth hires (#LeadershipThroughSports focus) and families give back to the City. Afterwards, players and families will form teams at no cost and play in a fun, afternoon tournament against other families. It is designed for all ages, experience and skill levels. In true Beyond Volley fashion, music, prizes, and trophies, plus other fun activities, and food will be part of this special day! After Lawrence was shut down for so long due to Covid-19, it needs more opportunities to come together around healthy, family-centered activities!
The ideal team size is 6-7, but no larger than 8 players. All teams will get Volleybond T-shirts and play in multiple games against other families. Use the link below to reserve your spot or email [email protected] with questions!
Sadly, due to Covid-19, many important community events weren’t able to happen. To make up for those loses, the Beyond Volley leadership Team hosted its first-ever “Volleybond Weekend” at the O’Connell South Common Park on July 30, July 31st and August 1, 2021, impacting hundreds of players and families!
Day 1: Park Hero’s Day, was dedicated to the community, cleaning the O’Connell Park and other local parks, including Kane and the South Lawrence East parking lot. A highlight was connecting with program participants from Lawrence nonprofit, YDO, during their Friday Field Day. They even joined the cleanup, participated in a cleanup ending volleyball clinic where our summer youth hire team taught them volleyball basics.
Day 2: The “Open Category” Day included more competitive play between Beyond Volley high school and college-aged alumni, plus other experienced volleyball players, including a team that traveled from New Jersey. Although it was open-category focused, with the women’s Beyond Volley team earning 2nd place, the day also offered many activities for kids, including a bouncy house and volleyball clinic. The highlight was playing on the City’s first-ever multi-sport court that includes 2 volleyball courts.
Day 3: The Family Tournament was extremely memorable, with Beyond Volley families (Beyond Soccer too!) playing in a fun, carefree, all-day tournament. The Family Tournament is open to kids and adults of all ages! It also included other activities like a dunk tank, prizes, music, prizes, and Icees!
“It allowed us to bring a fun-filled community event to the City after a really tough time of disconnection. I liked how each day brought something different to the park. I especially enjoyed the family tournament day. My mom, sister, cousin, and neighbor formed a team and played together all day. We could not stop smiling.”