OTB campaign delivers volleyball gear to kids in Honduras

Underprivileged children in Honduras will have a better opportunity to play volleyball because of the generosity from the Off the Block community and Molten.

Off the Block successfully completed its inaugural philanthropic campaign The Assist and delivered essential volleyball equipment to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt volleyball training center in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.

IMG_0017.JPGThe Assist campaign started in the fall of 2014 and raised $750 through online contributions from the volleyball community. Those contributions went to purchasing 30 volleyballs from Molten, a new net, two scoreboards, two volleyball hand pumps, a coaching strategy board, linesman flags, volleyball storage bags and 60 energy bars.

All the volleyball equipment from The Assist was delivered to the volleyball facility by Mount Aloysius College women’s volleyball coach Brianna Baker during her recent mission trip to Honduras.

The initial goal of The Assist was to raise $500 for the volleyball center in a low-income part of Honduras and help grow the game around the world.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt volleyball training center started its program in an effort to teach boys and girls in the impoverished Honduran community the sport while keeping the players off the streets and away from negative influences. In addition, the program is run by a non-paid volunteer staff who is committed to using volleyball to reach out to under-privileged youth.

The program at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt facility recently has experienced several changes such as having limited volleyball resources and equipment. The majority of players also have to practice barefoot because they can’t afford quality athletic shoes.

Off the Block requested that individuals make at least a $10 donation to The Assist. Every $10 donation went towards purchasing a volleyball from Molten, while donations of more than $10 also helped purchase other volleyball essentials.
Molten is the official volleyball used during both the men’s and women’s volleyball NCAA Tournaments. In a partnership with Off the Block, it will provided volleyballs at a discounted rate to help this philanthropic cause.

Off the Block is a website that launched in 2011 and has become one of the nation’s leaders in college men’s volleyball coverage.