Serbian federation gather more than a thousand children for "Volleyball Connects" project
Serbian men's national team players with 1,000 students at the Serbian Volleyball Federation's project "Volleyball Connects"|
Nis, Serbia, May 31, 2014 – The Serbian Volleyball
Federation and mobile network operator, Vip Mobile, gathered the men’s national
team, residents of the Dusko Radovic Orphanage and more than a thousand
students of the Dusan Radovic Elementary School for the “Volleyball Connects”
The event was an unforgettable social event where the
national team members mingled with the students and the orphans, whom they
visited back in January.
Nis councilor of sports Mr Milan Pesic, Serbian Volleyball
Federation secretary general Mr Slobodan Milosevic, school principal Mr Bozidar
Stosic, and Serbian captain Dragan Stankovic, greeted the children, followed by
sharing gifts, balls and jerseys to the participants. Then the “Volleyball
Connects” exhibition match took place.
Members of the Russian team, FIVB supervisor Mr Libenzio
Conti, international referees Mr Akihiko Tano of Japan, and Mr Valed Abdelsamad
of Egypt, also attended the event.
“This was all spontaneous and beautiful,” secretary general
Milosevic said. “These kids welcomed us with open hearts and we really
appreciate it. In this difficult moment for our country, I think this will be
one beautiful memory for all of us. The most important thing is that these kids
FIVB supervisor Conti expressed his satisfaction after
taking part in this unique occasion.
“This was really extraordinary,” Conti said. “I think the
Serbian Volleyball Federation is the only national federation doing these kind
of activities. I would like the rest of the other federations to follow them. I
congratulate all of you for such an impressive gathering. This event is
important for the children, for us and for the players because of the
inspiration that it gives everyone.”
“We have done these kind of events in the past but we have
never experienced such a huge gathering of children in an event,” said captain
Stankovic. “I am very happy that we are very well appreciated here in Nis and I
hope that we will spread the good spirit and love for the sport throughout the
country. I would like all these kids to come and see us play.