Volleyball Participates in March of Dimes WalkAmerica

    Cougar volleyball team volunteers with March of Dimes.
    Cougar volleyball team volunteers with March of Dimes.
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    July 13, 2010

    HOUSTON - The University of Houston volleyball program did its part to give back to the Houston community, volunteering earlier this summer with the March of Dimes.

    The entire team worked the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica event at Houston's Robertson Stadium and was just a small part of the 35,000 volunteers that helped make the event a success. As part of its efforts, the team manned a water station during the walk.

    The event is set up to raise money to support research and other programs in an effort to save babies from serious health problems. Approximately 20,000 teams participated in WalkAmerica in 1,100 communities and helped raise more than $100 million.

    Head coach Molly Alvey feels that the lessons learned during a volunteer outing are just as important as what the student-athletes learn on the court and in the classroom.

    "It is important to expose the team to different experiences and to educate them on the broad spectrum of people," Alvey said. "This event teaches them to be fortunate for their opportunities and to take this chance to be able to give back."

    Not only are the lessons important, but it sends a message to the local community.

    "Student-athletes are the face of the University of Houston and it is important for them be a good ambassadors," Alvey said. "The athletics department and the volleyball program's volunteer work put UH in the community and lets them know we are willing to give back in different ways."

    The team is preparing for the start of the 2010 season and the first under Alvey's direction. The student-athletes will report to campus on Aug. 9 and begin fall practice on Aug. 10. The season is set to open Aug. 27-28 when the team travels to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Invitational.



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