It all started with one team
Beginning with a single inner-city San Diego team in 1996, today Starlings is the largest junior volleyball club in the nation ─ serving some 3,000 girls in 50-plus clubs across America.
The guiding concept has been to provide an opportunity for girls (ages 10-18) to participate regardless of their socioeconomic background. Club dues, if any, are a fraction of most junior club costs and no girl is turned away because of inability to pay.
The Starlings believe in supporting the participation of girls in volleyball because:
• Girls who participate in sports are 92% less likely to get involved with drugs.
• Girls who participate in sports have a higher level of self esteem.
• Girls who participate in sports are three times more likely to graduate from high school.
• Girls who participate in sports are 80% less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy.
The sport of volleyball is ideal for the inner cities and rural areas of America — inexpensive, non-contact and inherently a social game requiring communication and cooperation. Girls playing volleyball in the United States outnumber boys, 12-1. It is truly the “girl’s game” of America.
Starlings Volleyball Clubs excludes no girl due to financial hardship. While junior club volleyball dues around the nation are often exclusionary, Starlings club dues are dramatically minimized and some girls are provided work opportunities in exchange for monthly dues. Additionally, all Starlings clubs are required to raise part of their budget through fundraising.
Each individual Starlings club is encouraged to adopt a mentoring program to nurture personal growth and educational achievement.
How to reach the National Offices of Starlings Volleyball Clubs
Starlings Volleyball Clubs, USA If you have specific questions about forming a new club,
P.O. Box 61 coaching, mentoring or other general inquiries, call
Imperial Beach, CA 91933-0061 Byron Shewman, Executive Director, at (619) 651-1870.
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