Youth Volleyball and Leadership Outreach and Training Program!
The NCCC Foundation announces that they are the recipient of a $400,000 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation grant. This three year grant supports a youth sport/leadership program between Niagara CCC and the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda School Districts. Youth sports were a passion for Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. This passion is rooted in the knowledge that sports can not only seed lifelong healthy habits in kids, but also build character, social skills and improve educational outcomes.
As outlined in the grant, girls from each of the eight Niagara Falls elementary schools along with girls from the North Tonawanda intermediate school will participate in a series of youth volleyball training programs which will include leadership instruction that support the principles outlined in the Western New York “State of Play”. Participants will culminate their training programs with a friendship tournament that will be held at Niagara County Community College. This project will introduce the sport of volleyball to youth participants, striving to instill an appreciation of free play. In addition, the collaboration planned with local agencies that include the City Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls club, Athletic Departments, United Way and local volleyball clubs, will allow the opportunity for continued participation throughout their developmental years.
Students from the NCCC Physical Education Teacher Preparation program, Childhood Education program, Recreation Studies and Sports Management program will receive training to serve as the on-site coaches for this program. This will provide the Niagara CCC students with applied learning that supports and enhances their college educational experience.
By training the Niagara County Community College students to serve as coaches, a relationship will be developed between the college and community that will open the opportunity for additional partnerships. The Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda varsity players will also serve as coaches to facilitate a seamless transition for the youth participants to eventually transition into mentor coaches.
The mission of Niagara County Community College is to provide a teaching and learning environment dedicated to excellence. Niagara County Community College is committed to maintaining the hallmarks of student centered-ness, accessibility, comprehensiveness, collegiality, community partnership, and lifelong learning.