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Hope for Tomorrow Beach Volleyball fundraiser a success

NORTHERN Mariana Islands Volleyball Association and the Public School System’s Hope for Tomorrow Yutu Recovery and Relief fundraiser beach volleyball tournament was a huge success that the organizers planned to host the another one, the 2019 Kickoff Grass Volleyball Tournament next month.

“The Hope for Tomorrow Yutu Recovery and Relief fundraiser was a really big success. We saw over 100 players on 7 courts,” said NMIVA President Laurie Peterka.

 “Players who weren’t able to finish their school season or might miss out on a season during the coming months were able to get out and test their skills in the competition. Parents who stopped by or who were hanging around commented about how great it was that we were giving the students a chance to do something outside the house and that for some parents, it gave them a little break too,” she said.

 Peterka also mentioned that the volunteers were also pleased to be out on the beach again to see an event like this happening for the love of volleyball. Sponsors also kept popping up and offering additional benefits for players and volunteers which made the event all the more fun and for which NMIVA is grateful for beyond words.

NMIVA did not set a goal for the beach event but rather looked to incorporate the fundraising element for students to have a way to contribute a pay it forward. The event resulted in the collection of three large boxes full of items such as toilet paper, diapers, wipes, trash bags and more. They also raised just under $900 in cash, which will be turned over to American Red Cross on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Fiesta Resort & Spa. 

With all the positivity and success, the upcoming grass volleyball tournament was created. Kai Higuchi, a Mount Carmel Alumni and volleyball player, initiated the grass tournament after reaching out to NMIVA for advice about setting up a fundraising volleyball tournament.

“I was very excited to receive his inquiry,” Peterka said.

It is NMIVA’s goal that more individuals and/or groups would help NMIVA expand their sport through hosting events. NMIVA does not have enough capacity to host unlimited events on their own but do have the knowledge and the ability to assist groups who are willing to take a lead.

“Higuchi’s choice for the date of the event seemed auspicious in that NMIVA used to host a grass volleyball event every January,” Peterka said.

NMI Volleyball Association President Laurie Peterka, left, and Public School System Athletic Director Nick Gross, right, pose with the U18 champions The Better Team after claiming the title of last Saturday’s NMIVA and PSS Hope for Tomorrow Yutu Recovery and Relief fundraiser beach volleyball tournament at the Fiesta Resort and Spa beach side.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.NMI Volleyball Association President Laurie Peterka, left, and Public School System Athletic Director Nick Gross, right, pose with the U18 champions The Better Team after claiming the title of last Saturday’s NMIVA and PSS Hope for Tomorrow Yutu Recovery and Relief fundraiser beach volleyball tournament at the Fiesta Resort and Spa beach side. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

This considered well with NMIVA’s outlook as last October in one of their working group meetings; they had discussed the idea of rebuilding their calendar with the goal of having at least one event per quarter and even one event per month if at all possible.

“Rebuilding our events calendar is essential to rebuilding our sport,” she added.

NMIVA hosted the 3’s Beach Match Up on October, the recent Hope for Tomorrow and the now there will be the upcoming 2019 Kickoff Grass Volleyball Tournament. “We are on track to meet our event/quarter goal.”

In the past NMIVA events were almost solely about raising funds for NMIVA and volleyball development.

“We don’t receive any funds from the CNMI government, so everything we do relies entirely on fundraising and all of our volunteers. NMIVA had received some funding from the FIVB and AVC through the OZVA over 2012-2016, but those funding mechanisms no longer exist,” Peterka said.

We also have limited access to development through NMSA grants on annual basis, but it’s not enough to fully run a national federation. In a normal year, we need to raise about $30,000/year, but rarely reach this goal. We usually fall short at around $15,000/year. But since 2015, we haven’t been active, so we are down to our last cash reserves.” She added.

The FIVB is the Federation Internationale de Volleyball, the AVC is the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the OZVA is the Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association, which is who NMIVA’s upline for reporting and guidance in the world of volleyball. NMIVA also is also the CNMI’s national federation for volleyball under the Northern Marianas Sports Assocation aka NMSA.

Going forward NMIVA will be available to help groups fundraise for their own purposes but will ask that a minimum of 10 percent of the gross proceeds remain with NMIVA to help them rebuild too. Any events that NMIVA initiates going forward after the grass volleyball event will be for the purpose of trying to refill their own reserves to enable them to buy new equipment which is either shared with the community or donated to school programs. They also need to funds to hold training courses for coaches, referees, and administration or alternatively send people to trainings.

“Our goal for 2019 will be to raise $30,000 which will be really tough, but we want to try. It’s a huge challenge with no paid staff,” said Peterka.