Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Men’s Update: Supporting a Local Restaurant Owner in Need

Members of the U.S. Men’s National Team have rallied together to show their support for Bruno Serato, the owner and head chef of the Anaheim White House restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant was destroyed by a fire on February 7, 2017. The team has a special connection to the restaurant, as they used to dine there regularly when they first moved to Anaheim, California in 2006. Despite the team’s success, they always felt at home sitting in the elegant restaurant in their workout attire, enjoying delicious meals served with care by Bruno and his staff.

Over the years, Bruno’s restaurant has become a gathering place for the volleyball community. In 2015, the U.S. Men’s Team hosted Iran’s men’s volleyball team for a dinner at the Anaheim White House. Bruno’s generosity extended beyond his restaurant, as he also founded his own foundation to provide meals to low-income children in the Anaheim area. His efforts were recognized by CNN in 2011, naming him one of their Top 10 Heroes.

In the wake of the devastating fire, the U.S. Men’s Team has come together to support Bruno’s rebuilding efforts. They have donated to a GoFundMe campaign and are also helping by donating pasta to continue feeding children in need. Bruno’s impact on the volleyball community and his charitable work have left a lasting impression on those around him, and the team is determined to help him get back on his feet.

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Italy: Success and Setbacks in the Italian League

In Italy, there have been both triumphs and challenges for members of the U.S. Men’s Team. Setter Micah Christenson and his team, Cucine Lube Civitanova, have been on a winning streak. Their recent victories against Aaron Russell’s Sir Safety Perugia and Bunge Ravenna showcased their skill and determination. Christenson’s exceptional performance has earned him the title of match MVP. The team’s impressive record has placed them at the top of the league standings.

Max Holt, playing for Azimut Modena, faced a tough defeat against Calzedonia Verona. Following the match, Modena made changes to their lineup, parting ways with Brian Cook and head coach Roberto Piazza. However, they bounced back with a win against Gi Group Monza, with Holt contributing significantly to the team’s success.

James Shaw and Taylor Averill, playing for Kioene Padova, faced a close battle against Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia. Despite their best efforts, they narrowly missed out on victory. However, they redeemed themselves with a win against Revivre Milano.

Poland, Russia, China, France, Turkey, and Germany: Around the World

David Smith and Dustin Watten, playing for Cerrad Czarni Radom in Poland, experienced a challenging loss against ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle. However, Jonah Seif and his team, MKS Będzin, fought hard but ultimately fell short against Jastrzębski Węgiel.

Matt Anderson, Erik Shoji, and Kawika Shoji have been making waves in Russia. Anderson’s team, Zenit Kazan, achieved a remarkable comeback from a two-set deficit to secure a victory. Erik Shoji and Kawika Shoji, playing for Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, also emerged victorious in their recent match.

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Taylor Sander, representing Beijing in China, played a crucial role in his team’s win against Sichuan in the league semifinals. In France, Dan McDonnell and his team, Chaumont, faced a closely contested match against Paris, but unfortunately fell short.

In Turkey, Will Price led his team, Istanbul BBSK, with an impressive performance, scoring the highest number of points in a match. Despite his efforts, the team was unable to secure a win against Galatasaray HDI Sigorta.

Finally, in Germany, SVG Luneburg, featuring Michael Brinkley, Scott Kevorken, Cody Kessel, and Eric Fitterer, experienced a defeat against Solingen Volleys. Kessel stood out as the team’s top performer, while Kevorken and Fitterer made valuable contributions.


Q: How did the U.S. Men’s Team support Bruno Serato?
A: The U.S. Men’s Team donated to a GoFundMe campaign and provided pasta to help Bruno Serato rebuild his restaurant and continue feeding children in need.

Q: What recognition has Bruno Serato received for his charitable work?
A: In 2011, CNN named Bruno Serato one of their Top 10 Heroes for his efforts in providing meals to low-income children through his own foundation.


Members of the U.S. Men’s National Team have shown exceptional support for Bruno Serato, owner of the Anaheim White House restaurant, after it was destroyed by a fire. The team has fond memories of dining at the restaurant and acknowledges Bruno’s contributions to the volleyball community and his work in feeding low-income children. Despite setbacks, the team continues to excel in their respective leagues with standout performances from Micah Christenson, Max Holt, and others. The U.S. Men’s Team remains determined to support their fellow teammates and contribute to the sport they love.

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