Volleyball Breaks Language Barrier

Volleyball is an original American sport created by William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1895.  In its inception, volleyball was originally called Mintonette and with some changes to the rules, it was known as volleyball by 1896.  Volleyball spread by way of the YMCA branches that were located nationwide.  By the early 1900’s, volleyball was being played in distant shores like Cuba and the Philippines.  Today, more than 46 million Americans play volleyball.

Experience volleyball in Japan through the eyes of Executive Director, Julie Dailey, Team Sting Volleyball Club,Birmingham, Alabama.

“The girls ranged in age from 14-17 and walked in the gym with a complete focus and determination that was evident from their walk, to their work ethic and communication.  Although the language barrier was difficult at times, the love of the sport between these two teams tied them together immediately”.

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