As editor of the magazine I often hear unique stories about volleyball players or teams. There are so many of you out there, and it has always been my belief that playing sports and being part of a team changes people for the better and greatly diversifies their character. Therefore it is not a surprise that so many interesting and heart-warming stories come out of our sport.
It was a pleasure to hear that three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh was pregnant with her third child (read what people Tweeted about this news). And it was even more amazing to realize that she was a few weeks into her pregnancy in London when she won gold. The body is an amazing thing and we are excited to see another member added to this royal volleyball family.
It was also intriguing to keep tabs on a much smaller, but just as meaningful, story that was going on in the volleyball community at Holy Names University in Oakland, California (“Keep Our Coach”). The players on the women’s and men’s volleyball teams, along with various other people in the school’s athletic department, rallied support around their coach to get him what he deserved – and they did it.
The story of Nanabah Allison-Brewer, one of the few American Indian women to play collegiate volleyball at a high level, is another fascinating tale (story coming to the web soon). She believes strongly in the power of sport, specifically volleyball, and is using that to help empower the people around her.
Amidst these stories of hope and empowerment, we present you with a commemorative photo gallery chock full of exclusive images from the Summer Games. Flip through the pages and relive the fun times that were had this summer!
Aubrey Everett, Editor
Originally published in November 2012