A Letter From The Co-Owner / Director:
Dear parents and players,
Early in my college career at Northwestern I received a message from a young girl who had come to see me play. The message read, “How can I be you?” Naturally caught off guard, I wasn’t sure how to respond. Years after the conversation with this aspiring volleyball player ended, the question still sticks with me. Touched and humbled, I realized at that moment that young girls around the country considered me their role model. Looking back on this random message, I know now, that this young girl was speaking about so much more than my athletic ability - it was what I represented: hard work, dedication, commitment, passion, teamwork, intensity, leadership, drive, etc. Most importantly, I realized that I was unknowingly inspiring others through my play on the court.
While it’s difficult for me to admit to myself that my ability to attack a ball to the floor wane’s every day in my professional playing retirement, I look back with pride on the lessons I’ve learned, the challenges I overcame, and the qualities I gained from club volleyball that make me the person I am today. If not for the sport of volleyball, I wouldn’t have experienced the joy of winning a national championship, becoming an All-American, playing professionally, or the honor representing our country on the U.S. Youth and Junior National Teams. Just as important as these wonderful life journeys, is the understanding of what it means to be fully committed to TEAM - to put the group's best interests above your own. I have learned about hard work, personal sacrifice, and how something as simple as a sport can bring the world together, in the wake of political differences which have created so many reasons to drive us apart. Last, but not least, the sport of volleyball made it possible for me to attend two top world universities, where I found myself pushed educationally by some of the brightest minds in each respective country.
What we aspire to create at Pipeline goes far beyond a player’s ability to dig, set, or attack a ball. Through the sport of volleyball we are creating opportunities for children and young adults to grow in every aspect of their lives - physically, emotionally, mentally, and athletically. We are teaching our players what “hard work” really represents, to believe in themselves, what it means to be a good teammate, and most importantly, to be kind, good-hearted individuals.
To be “in the pipeline” means being “in the process of being developed, provided, or completed; in the works; under way.” As we strive to continually set the standards of club volleyball, our drive for excellence in the sport will ultimately guide players through their own personal pipeline as they set and achieve their respective goals in the sport. Ultimately, we are providing our players a challenging and supportive environment to grow, through the game of volleyball, as both athletes and individuals.
We hope you’ll choose be part of this adventure! GO PIPELINE!