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Youth Co-ed Beach Volleyball set for Dec. 1

THE NMI Volleyball Association and Public School System joined hands to help kids cope with stress after  Typhoon Yutu by setting up the Youth Co-ed Beach Volleyball on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Fiesta Resort & Spa beach.

Blake Mister hits a serve during a recent NMI Volleyball match at the Hyatt Regency Saipan. Photo by James F. Sablan

With the cancelation of the Commonwealth Coalition of Private School Association Middle School season finals, sports organizer Mili Saiki said she contacted the Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association asking for feedback on whether they could organize a “Kids Cup” style event.

 “We inquired with Nick Gross for PSS Interscholastic programs to find out if we could partner on this event too given that it's highly unlikely that there will be facilities available to accommodate a PSS high school boys season. Nick agreed that this event falls in the relative spirit of the MOU between PSS and NMIVA,” said NMIVA President Laurie Peterka in a separate interview.

The event is looking well and ready as NMIVA has already confirmed almost 20 volunteers to accommodate the 150 to 200 students.

“Fiesta Resort and Spa's GM Wendi Herring is an avid volleyball player herself and was more than happy to help us with support from FRS. Then other parents had their own ways of helping the sponsors and volunteers started sticking up their hands.

So far, I think we have about 20 volunteers, which is a great number for running an event with 150-200 students,” said Peterka.

A total of six courts will be available. Two will be permanent courts while the others will be set as temporary courts depending on the number of students registered. Registration is available online and printable team registration forms are available through a download link or by email

NMIVA is suggesting that players make a $5 donation and bring one donation item from the Governor's list of most needed items. All of the proceeds will be turned over to the American Red Cross CNMI Chapter or whomever they designate as the preferred NGO recipient.

“The reasons we decided to do this is to fill the gap for the seasons that will be missed and because we think that getting the kids out for some fun on the beach will be good for morale. It's also a way for students to contribute to the recovery efforts for those who might be less fortunate than themselves,” Peterka said.

The event will hold a 14-and-under and 18-and-under division with four to six players in each team. Each team must have two girls and two boys on the court at all time and serve must rotate. Online registration is by individual, not by team.

Use the "Tickets" button to get to online registration $5/player donation recommended or whatever you can afford +1 donation item from the Governor's request list.

For printable team registration forms send an email to

All proceeds to benefit those recovering from Super Typhoon Yutu.