In November of 2007, a team of dedicated volleyball players, coaches and volunteers met to discuss ways to better improve competitive volleyball in the Myrtle Beach area. Their goal was to start a junior club volleyball team for girls of the Grand Strand. After an overwhelming turnout for the team tryouts, Grand Strand Juniors was born as a not for profit program competing in the Palmetto Volleyball Region. Three travel teams and two training teams totaling over 60 girls were formed with the goal of participating in tournaments across South Carolina. In 2010, the start of our fourth season, we have grown to 12 travel teams and one training team with over 140 young women participating. We have changed the face of volleyball in our area and impacted the youth in a positive way.
Grand Strand Juniors is still going strong and the progress our program and players have made is incredible. Volleyball in the area has prospered greatly and we are excited to send six seniors to college in 2011 on volleyball scholarships and since it’s inception over 10. We also had the opportunity to host a season opening tournament this year at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center with 144 teams competing from South Carolina and six neighboring states. After four short years, Grand Strand Juniors is now competing with some of the best teams in the state and colleges are looking at our program for recruiting future college athletes.
Our simple goal of wanting to “Create Better Volleyball Players” has also extended into the Grand Strand community. 2011′s “Winter Bump” Tournament brought in over one million dollars in revenue to local businesses in the month of January, we have participated in local parades, contributed to Coastal Carolina University’s Dig Pink, we’re in our second year of hosting the “Battle at the Beach” beach volleyball tournament and in 2012 will host an AAU Warmup Tournament Memorial Day Weekend.
GSJ is making a difference.
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