That was fun. After the 2019 USAV Boys Junior National Championships ended, I retired the The Volleyball Practice (TVP) youth programs so I could engage with the world in a quieter way with my original teammates: family and dear friends.
In 2014, a group of parents asked me to help their boys develop in a competitive volleyball environment. It was my kind and generous family and friends, including the late Ken Temkin, who cheered on and subsidized TVP beginning in 2014 to support coaches, parents and young people who signed up to practice volleyball. TVP took shape as a limited, five-year volunteer commitment to grow volleyball in metro Washington DC. Along the way, we welcomed people who shared our guiding principle: Practice We. Be You.
To the caretakers, teachers, and friends who cross paths with me and TVP: your work is seen and your voices heard. We learn together, and with your achievements, I celebrate.
Take a look at TVP's roots and the reach. Note the many bright young people who, along with their teammates, earned their opportunities at TVP, and are now pursuing their interests in their own way. You can expect TVP alums to honor the interests they choose to practice.
TVP's spirit and value is now shared with others. TVP equipment valued at more than $4,000, including new volleyballs and outdoor net systems, has been donated to Maryland Volleyball Program (MVP) to support its youth program for boys, and to the University of Maryland men's club teams.
We play our best games when our daily practice honors our families, teammates, coaches, friends, opponents, officials, organizers, sponsors and helpers. I am grateful to you all for your role in my 40 + years of volleyball experiences. You have enriched my life with memorable episodes and meaningful friendships. Wins and losses are beside the point.
May you earn the best opportunities as you each pursue your own aspirations, with your loved ones and teammates. I am cheering you on!
Saying hello to each of you is my reward.