November 26, 2012
SIOUX CITY, Iowa. – The Lady Mustangs took time away from their National Tournament preparation on Sunday afternoon and participated in a volleyball fundamentals clinic, sponsored by the NAIA, for kids in the community of Sioux City, Iowa.
Joined by a variety of other NAIA Tournament-bound teams, the Lady Mustangs hosted 54 of the 250 adolescent athletes.
“We wanted to get involved with the events that are happening here at the tournament. It’s a great way to reach out, have fun, and share our love for volleyball with the kids in this community,” commented Mustang assistant coach Sarah Oskam.
On Monday morning, the Lady Mustangs participated in another clinic hosted by the NAIA at the Tyson Events Center that catered to children with special needs.
"It was really cool working with the special needs athletes because going into it, I was really interested on how much they would be able to do, but they were all really excited to learn and did a great job passing and hitting the ball,” said Mustang outside hitter Sam Dougherty (Madera, CA). “It really made me appreciate the ability to play volleyball, and it was encouraging to see how they all had such great attitudes."
TMC’s Olivia Gwinn (Canyon Country, CA) said “We go about life and just go to practice without even thinking about it, so it was a good reminder to thank the Lord for what we are able to do. Those kids will always live with their limitations, yet they are so joyful and love life. It was super encouraging to interact with them."
Under the leadership of head coach Bobby Blanken, the Lady Mustangs are built on three fundamentals: work ethic, enthusiasm, and being charitable towards others. Opportunities like hosting fundamental and developmental clinics help TMC athletes put their personal faith into action through serving those in the community.
The Mustangs will open up pool play tomorrow, November 27, in a 3:45 PM (5:45 PM (CST)) match against CSU San Marcos. The Mustangs battled the Cougars twice in the regular season, beating them 3-1 in both showings.