Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Sitting Update: Erickson nominated for ESPY

Just announced, Heather Erickson, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Captain, has received her third Paralympic roster nomination. In addition to this exciting news, she has also been nominated for “Best Female Athlete with a Disability” at the upcoming ESPY awards. This recognition is well-deserved after her outstanding performance as the “MVP” and “Best Spiker” in the World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup.

The ESPY awards, which began in 1993, celebrate exceptional sports performances from the previous year. This year’s ceremony, hosted by John Cena, will be broadcast live on ESPN from Los Angeles, California on July 13. Voting for Heather is open until 8 p.m. ET on July 13 and can be done here.

Women’s Sitting Team Headed to Europe

With the Paralympic roster finalized, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is now focusing on the Dutch Tournament in Assen, Netherlands. Over the course of three days, they will play six matches against top-ranked teams including China, Ukraine, Russia, Rwanda, Slovenia, and the host-nation Netherlands. This tournament serves as valuable preparation for the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the team is eager to showcase their skills.

Setter Kaleo Kanahele expressed the team’s enthusiasm for the challenging schedule ahead. Facing world-ranked No. 1 China on the third day will be a significant test, but it will help the team build stamina and mental fortitude. This tournament will set the stage for a successful performance in Rio.

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USAV set to introduce sitting volleyball in Dallas

For the first time, athletes, parents, and volleyball fans will have the opportunity to learn sitting volleyball or enhance their skills at the Dallas Sports Festival. On July 1, U.S. Men’s Sitting Team Head Coach Greg Walker will lead two clinics where participants can learn basic volleyball skills and sitting volleyball. Members of the U.S. Men’s National Team will also be present to sign autographs for fans. The event will feature various Olympic and Paralympic sports, including sitting volleyball, boxing, and fencing. This is a chance for the public to engage with the sport and witness the remarkable talent of the U.S. Sitting Teams.

Men’s Team set for camp

This weekend, the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team will hold its final camp before the 2016 Paralympic roster is announced. Head Coach Greg Walker is excited to witness the competitiveness and energy of the camp, as he has seen intentional changes and improvements from his athletes both on and off the court. The team has undergone tremendous growth since last year’s Para Pan Ams, and they are now focused on representing their country with pride. The camp will also serve as an opportunity to enhance team dynamics and build confidence to compete against the world’s top teams.

Sitting team heads to Texas

Recently, Jese Schag, Stephen Bracken, John Kremer, Chris Hoodye, Alyssa Cleland, and members of the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team traveled to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. They conducted a two-hour clinic for about 50 kids, teaching them the basics of sitting volleyball. The campers had the opportunity to scrimmage and interact with the sitting athletes, making it a memorable experience for everyone involved. The teamwork between Midwestern State University and the North Texas Region made this event possible, demonstrating their commitment to growing and supporting sitting volleyball.

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U.S. Sitting represented at Warrior Games

Nicky Nieves, U.S. Women’s Sitting Middle Blocker, recently served as an assistant coach for the Army sitting volleyball team at the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games. The Army team, coached by Linda Gomez, performed admirably, although they finished with the bronze medal this year. Nicky found this coaching experience to be both enjoyable and fulfilling, as she had the opportunity to teach the skills she acquired as a sitting volleyball player. While no other members of the U.S. Sitting Teams participated this year, previous years have seen coaching contributions from Kari Miller and Heather Erickson.

FAQs

Q: How many Paralympic rosters has Heather Erickson been named to?

A: Heather Erickson has been named to three Paralympic rosters so far.

Q: What is the purpose of the Dutch Tournament for the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team?

A: The Dutch Tournament serves as preparation for the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the team aims to compete at their best.

Q: When will the ESPY awards take place?

A: The ESPY awards will be held on July 13 in Los Angeles, California.

Q: What is the purpose of the clinics at the Dallas Sports Festival?

A: The clinics at the Dallas Sports Festival provide an opportunity for athletes, parents, and volleyball fans to learn sitting volleyball or enhance their skills.

Q: How many matches will the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team play in the Dutch Tournament?

A: The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will play six matches in the Dutch Tournament.

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Summary

In recent news, Heather Erickson, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Captain, has been nominated for the ESPY awards after her exceptional performance in the World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup. The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is also preparing for the Dutch Tournament, where they will face top-ranked teams in Europe. Additionally, the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team is holding its final camp before the Paralympic roster announcement. The team is experiencing significant growth and is eager to showcase their capabilities. In other news, sitting volleyball will be introduced at the Dallas Sports Festival, giving participants the chance to learn and engage with the sport. The U.S. Sitting Teams are expanding their reach and inspiring athletes of all ages.