Northern Marianas turn to Cool Volley for growth
A total of 1,137 children took advantage of the FIVB’s Cool Volley initiative, which introduces volleyball in a fun and accessible way.
The focus was on young player development and capturing a young audience. With this in mind, the events took the form of 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2 matches.
Run by the Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association (NMIVA) in association with the Marianas Interscholastic Sports Organization (MISO) and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a total of 12 schools took part across the three events.
Hopwood Junior High School hosted the first Cool Volley on January 24 with students joined by those from Garapan Elem, Oleai Elem, Saipan International School (SIS), Marianas High School (MHS) and Hopwood Junior High School.
Two more Cool Volley events were then held in April with Cha Cha Ocean View Junior High School hosting the first in the north of the country on April 14. They were joined by students from Gregorio T. Camacho Elem, Tanapag Elem, Kagman Elem, Kagman High School, MHS and Cha Cha Junior High School.
Koblerville Elem. School hosted the second a day later on April 15. They were joined by children from Koblerville Elem, Saipan Southern High School and MHS.
The Public School System (PSS) broadcast the events to all schools on Saipan, while local newspapers the Marianas Variety and the Saipan Tribune ran stories in the days leading-up to the events as well as a review.
All teachers that attended the events were given a free volleyball and directions on how to set up their own matches and tournaments.