KENNETT — With the goal of providing an opportunity for kids in Kennett, Avon Grove and Unionville School Districts to play volleyball before 7th grade when it becomes officially offered as a sports option in the area schools, KAPRB decided to launch a twice a week, co-ed volleyball program. Every Tuesday and Thursday night since early September, kids 8 – 12 years of age have come to learn how to bump, set, serve and hit. Most importantly, the kids have had the chance to handle a volleyball and learn about how the game is played.
When asked what inspired her to begin this program, Head Coach Pam Ramagano said “I have been playing volleyball since I was 10 years old and I have been coaching for over 20 years. I love watching the kids learn a new sport and getting to love it like I do.” Pam is joined by coach Scott Yeomans who comes from the Unionville School District. “I decided to coach because my daughter expressed an interest in volleyball. I have played volleyball for 35 years or more – throughout high school and college. I really enjoy the kids’ enthusiasm and seeing how much they advance every week.” say s Scott.
The enthusiasm does not end with the kids – even the parents have been excited about this program. Sandra Jansons, mother of 11 year old Mara said “I commend whoever created this league. It is perfect for kids to receive the basics of volleyball. It is well organized and the coaches are fantastic with the kids. My daughter has gained not only skills in volleyball but confidence in general and friends.” Claudette Hercules who has been faithfully bringing young Munachie Ikeme to practice said that the program “gives the kids a better insight on how to manage the game. The kids have done well all together and the coaches are very patient.”
Volleyball is offered only in the fall (September through the end of October) and space is limited to 30 kids. With such rave reviews from parents and kids, we expect that it will be an annual program. Look for announcements for next year’s KAPRB Volleyball Sign Ups in the late spring. For more information got to www.KAPRB.com .