OTB starts crowd-funding campaign to help low-income volleyball center

Off the Block needs your help to provide basic volleyball equipment to under-privileged children in Honduras who are learning the game.

The Assist is a philanthropic event with goal of raising enough money to provide 50 volleyballs and other volleyball essentials to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt volleyball training center in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.

theassistThis Honduras volleyball program started in an effort to teach boys and girls in the impoverished 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 throughout the area.


The lack of equipment and funds, though, has caused several challenges for the volleyball facility in the developing nation.

The program at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt facility has little to none volleyball equipment resources ranging from volleyballs and nets to basic coaching materials and a simple flip scoreboard. In addition, the majority of players have to practice barefoot because they can’t afford quality athletic shoes.

The Assist is the new Off the Block philanthropic initiative to help the volleyball community give back to places around the world promoting volleyball in low-income areas.

To participate in The Assist, Off the Block is asking individuals to make a $10 donation. Every $10 donation will purchase a volleyball from Molten that will be sent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt volleyball program in Honduras.

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 also provide volleyballs at a discounted rate to help this philanthropic cause.

Along with donating volleyballs, individuals can also make donations of more than $10 to purchase other pieces of equipment. Among the volleyball equipment that donations of more than $10 will go towards purchasing includes kneepads, a flip scoreboard and a new volleyball net.

The goal for The Assist campaign is to raise $500 by the end of the year. Click here to read more about The Assist and to become a backer of the campaign.