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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



DANVILLE, VA, April 13, 2015 – Volleyball interest has spiked at Danville Community College. For the first time, DCC will have a women’s volleyball team, starting in the fall of 2015. The team’s first match is slated for Aug. 22 with Surry Community College in North Carolina.

“We really think that the time is right for us to have this women’s sport at DCC,? says Dr. Christopher C. Ezell, Vice President of Academic and Student Services at DCC. “Young women who played volleyball in high school can now play volleyball at DCC. This team will give women the chance to use their skills and enjoy athletic competition.?

The women’s volleyball team is a venture that college administrators are confident will succeed, based on student interest and the popularity of volleyball in the DCC service region – in Danville, Pittsylvania and Halifax County.

“We have surveyed students over the last few years to gauge women’s interest in athletics at DCC,? Ezell explains. “This year, it emerged that we had a sizeable group of women who had a desire to play volleyball and was in favor starting a team. We have the commitment of the students to move forward with starting a team.?

DCC is conducting a search process for a coach for the volleyball team, which will consist of 12-15 players. The team will play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X, Division III. In addition to Surry Community College, other teams in the division include Patrick Henry and Wytheville Community Colleges in Virginia, and Central Carolina, Davidson, Lenoir, Rockingham, Sandhills, Vance Granville and Wake Tech Community Colleges in North Carolina.
Jim Lindley, Counselor/Student Activities, expressed his enthusiasm about starting the women’s volleyball team, and his gratitude for the Danville Community College Educational Foundation and the community’s support of the team in its early stages.

“This would not be possible without the support of the Educational Foundation and the collaboration with the Danville Family YMCA. Chris Wilson, YMCA Sports and Wellness Director, was key to the partnership with the Y,? Lindley says. He adds that the DCC Educational Foundation is providing financial sponsorship for the volleyball team’s startup, while the YMCA is offering its state-of-the-art facility for practice and matches.

“We will finance the sport for the first three academic years, with the expectation that the coach will begin fundraising efforts in year one, and will have fundraising abilities to make the sport self-supporting,? says Shannon L. Hair, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development and Executive Director of the DCC Educational Foundation. “The goal is to provide an opportunity for students to attend DCC first and foremost for their education, but also provide an opportunity for them to be active on campus. The DCC Educational Foundation prides itself on promoting every opportunity for a student to advance on campus, academically and/or physically.?

The men’s baseball team, the DCC Knights, had a similar start in 2002, with support from the Foundation and the community.
“The community bought into baseball and sponsored it and they’re doing the same with volleyball,? Lindley says.
The baseball team is now a very active program sustained by the annual fundraising efforts of Coach John Bailey and the players. Lindley notes Bailey recruits players for the DCC team nationwide. The coach of the new women’s volleyball team will have the same expectations in recruiting players.

With the support of an advisory committee, collaboration with community partners and local high school athletic directors, and popularity of volleyball in the region, Lindley believes the women’s volleyball team will be a “win.? The advisory committee will be comprised of volleyball enthusiasts in the DCC service region.

“We’re really excited about it. Volleyball is definitely on the upswing in our area. We now have traveling volleyball teams for young girls in the area. All the local high schools have girls’ volleyball teams,? Lindley adds. “It’s a fun sport to play. We’re really looking forward to it.?

For more information, including joining the team, contact Jim Lindley at 434.797.6422 or click here.


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