Since August, your AVA board has had many discussions that always lead to the same thing....we want to do MORE for our players and their families. Being a non profit and with COVID ending the season early last year, we just don't have extra funds to give our families more for their investment outside of what we are already doing. We have started creating a wish list for equipment, programs, just plain extras! We offered our families a fundraiser, but we wanted those funds to directly benefit the players, you deserve that. Money should not keep someone from playing a sport. We started brainstorming and decided we as a board would look into finding some corporate sponsors, companies that would be willing to invest into our club and allow us to advertise for them while helping us create a stronger club, for our current and future players. We were so happy when Kentuckiana Volleyball Academy donated some much needed volleyballs for our club, it really made a difference in tryouts! So that got us pumped, we knew we needed to get some more sponsors!
We have been busy getting through tryouts and navigating the waters of the unknown, BUT the Assisant Director, Christi Porter stumbled upon an opportunity and she took a leap of faith. She started communicating with a company named Matein, they are a backpack/bag company that have locations all over the world, and they have a sponsorship program she inquired about. They asked her questions about our club history, team records, tournaments we attend and our future plans. She communicated with them over several weeks and last week they AGREED to be a SPONSOR of our 2021 CLUB SEASON!! This week the post office delivered to her FIFTY (50!) DONATED BACKPACKS from Matein!!!!! (pictured) We are in awe and SO EXCITED!!!
Now, I know when you read that you are thinking....um.... that is not enough.....yeah we know. We tried to negotiate some more, but we did not want to seem ungracious, because lets face it, 50 free backpacks is AMAZING and MOST GENEROUS!
Through our partnership with Matein we will be handing out the backpacks to the players on the 5 teams that will be traveling to the largest tournaments, the 2 and 3 days tournaments with major numbers of teams and attendants, which will give us the opportunity to advertise for Matein through our social media, reach a larger audience and be spokespersons for them through our performances at the tournaments.
We are so blessed and motivated to be able to bring our players more opportunities for their athletic success!