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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” project.

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 are happy.”

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.




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