Aug. 24, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FSU women’s volleyball team will take a break from the intensity of pre-season practice to give back to the Tallahassee community that supports them, beginning Thursday evening. The Lady Seminoles, headed by Dr. Cecile Reynaud will be putting on their annual clinic, which pairs the 13 volleyball players with hundreds of kids from the community.
“I think this is a great opportunity for young girls to get to play in Tully and to meet one-on-one with all of our players,” Reynaud says. “Our team has the opportunity to be a role model for young girls. They can look back at opportunities they had when they were young and recognize the impact that going to a clinic with collegiate players can provide.”
The clinic begins at 6:30, on Thurs., August 24. There two groups of young ladies that will go through a series of meetings and clinic-type instruction, before getting a tour of the facilities from the Lady Noles. The two groups are split into an 8-10 year-old group and an 11-13 year-old group. The evening will begin with an organizational meeting with a speech from Reynaud. This will be followed by a session of teaching to both young athletes and coaches. The FSU players and coaching staff will teach the youth players certain techniques such as hitting and setting, while at the same time the youth coaches will better learn how to instruct the girls in the future. The dual-purpose clinic has an effect on the kids not only for their season, but for their lifetime. The evening will conclude with a tour of the facilities for both groups. The Lady Seminoles will take each group on a tour of Tully gym, the weight room and the newly renovated women’s volleyball locker room.
“First of all, the kids get to see what their future could be by playing with collegiate athletes,” youth league supervisor, Ashley Edwards says. “Further, coach Reynaud talks to the kids about keeping their grades up and
doing what it takes to compete at the collegiate level at an institution like Florida State. The women on the FSU squad are great role models and this is a great experience for our kids.”
Some girls will have involvement that will go beyond just this weekend, as the youth league provides ball girls for many of the home matches in Tully Gymnasium. In addition, Reynaud and a number of her players have been known to visit the young ladies to see some of their matches later in the season.
The 216 kids that will be attending are all members of the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Youth Volleyball League, which is funded by the City of Tallahassee. The clinic is a voluntary program put on by the Florida State women’s volleyball team. The program began in 1993 and has been an annual event through this year.