CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina volleyball program held its annual Special Olympics volleyball clinic on March 2.
Four programs from Johnston, Mecklenburg, New Hanover and Onslow counties brought 48 athletes and their unified partners to the clinic, which was held at UNC's Fetzer gym.
"I am delighted that we can host an event like this each year," head coach Joe Sagula said. "This is the seventh year we have been conducting this clinic, and we feel fortunate to be able to partner with the Special Olympics of North Carolina each year and be a part of their sports program. We always look forward to the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and use our sport to impact the athletes who all love playing our sport."
"We would like to thank Andrea Stamm and Rachel Sobel of the SONC office, and the administrative support from Rick and Connie Laskey for their work with volleyball and this SONC event each year," Sagula said.
The participants learned volleyball skills for the first portion of the clinic, and then the Tar Heels split up to join the four participants' teams to scrimmage and play games.
"Having the opportunity to hold the Special Olympics clinic is always a highlight for our team each spring," senior Kaitlyn Anderson. "We love the opportunity to work with these athletes who have the same passion for volleyball that we do, and we hope to inspire the participants as much as they inspire us."
"It was awesome to work with the Special Olympians and to be able to share the sport we love with them," senior Kayla Berringer added. "It's so rewarding to see them having fun and how excited they get when they learn something new."