LIVE meet-and-greet is part of the Northeast Volleyball Club's ongoing efforts to continue training and inspiring youth athletes during the stay-at-home mandate.
Northeast Volleyball Club is thrilled to announce that Kathryn Plummer of Stanford Volleyball and Team USA - arguably the greatest college volleyball player of the 2000s and certainly an Olympic hopeful - is making a LIVE appearance to over 150 athletes and coaches in the club this coming Saturday, May 9th. NEVBC Athletes will have the opportunity to chat with Kathryn (a three-time NCAA champion, two-time National Player of the Year, and now professional volleyball player!) and submit their questions for a live Q&A.
Team sports and sports clubs have taken a big hit during the shutdown, but Northeast Volleyball Club has been continuing to meet and train virtually through its NEVBC AT HOME program, which includes social media challenges, weekly team meetings, volleyball IQ training, skills videos with at-home drills, live stream workouts with strength and conditioning partner Upper Deck Fitness, and a guided visualization and guest speaker series through their Athlete Mentality Program (AMP) focusing on the mental side of the game.
While NEVBC coaches, and athletes eagerly await a return to play, they are determined to keep up with their training. Owner and former pro volleyball player Cat Dailey Minyard says, “This time has forced us to be innovative and find new ways to train and engage our athletes at home. In turn, our athletes have found so many creative training methods - they’re building their own bounce backs and making mini volleyball courts in whatever space they have. They will not be stopped!”
So how does a local volleyball club in New England get to meet with an international volleyball celebrity? When Kathryn Plummer of Stanford Volleyball took the stage to accept her 2019 AAU Sullivan Award given to the best amateur athlete in the nation (former winners include Peyton Manning and Michael Phelps!), fourth grader Caroline Curry of NEVBC 12-1, was eagerly watching. Caroline had gotten to meet her hero Kathryn earlier that day, and Kathryn asked young Caroline for her autograph as a future volleyball star. Much to Caroline’s surprise, later that day Kathryn mentioned Caroline in her acceptance speech as a source of inspiration.
With that, a touching relationship and mentorship was born. Caroline and her family drove 14 hours round trip to Pittsburgh in December 2019 to watch Kathryn cap off her college career with her third and final NCAA Championship in four seasons. The two have kept in touch since they met and through Kathryn’s first season of pro volleyball in Italy this winter, which was cut short due to COVID-19. Now, Kathryn is back home in sunny Southern California, and like all athletes, doing her best to train and work out at home while she figures out her next move.
Northeast Volleyball Club (NEVBC) is based in a state-of-the-art, three court volleyball facility in the Four Seasons Racquet Club in Wilton, and is already one of the strongest clubs in New England in just its second year. Most of the Class of 2020 seniors in their program are committed to play college volleyball, with many sophomores and juniors going through the college recruiting process.
To find out more about the Northeast Volleyball Club summer programs, teams and club tryouts, please go to their website at www.northeastvbc.com, or get in touch with Director Cat Dailey Minyard at firstname.lastname@example.org.