2019 will mark the fourth year for the AVCA Diversity Awards program. For more than 15 years, the American Volleyball Coaches Association has been intentional in fostering an inclusive community and demonstrating the value placed on assisting aspiring coaches advance their careers in the sport of volleyball. The Association’s diversity initiatives and minority coach development programming continues to evolve and the AVCA Diversity Development Team is committed to continuing the momentum from the 2018 program in Minneapolis.
The program through an online application or nomination (sponsor) process looks to identify volleyball coach recipients who will be awarded complimentary full registration to the annual AVCA Convention and 5 nights of lodging accommodations at the AVCA Convention headquarter hotel. Female and male ethnic minority Club, High School, and Collegiate (indoor and beach) volleyball coaches are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to first-time AVCA Convention attendees. At the conclusion of the application and nomination process the AVCA Diversity Development Team will oversee the review of the submissions and the selection of the award recipients. The recipients will have an agenda of coaching education programming, mentoring, and networking functions specifically targeted to them during their time at the convention. These sessions will be facilitated by veteran volleyball coaches and industry leaders. The objective of these sessions being to provide relevant and timely information and best practices to empower and assist in the recipients’ development as on-court tacticians and off-the-court managers and mentors; “CEO Training”.
In May of 2016, the AVCA Board of Directors affirmed the Association’s commitment to diversity development. This affirmation was in response to the suspension of prior grant funding and support from the NCAA. It was decided that proceeds from the annual AVCA Silent Auction and individual donations would fund the AVCA Diversity Awards.
Two overarching objectives of this program are to integrate each of these selected recipients and residually impact this same target audience with sustained engagement in the larger volleyball community that includes demonstrated involvement with their national coaches’ association, the AVCA and ultimately impact the sport by being teachers and champions of the game of volleyball. Secondly, it is important that as a result of this program that the sport see tangible and quantitative evidence of the increase in opportunities for ethnic minorities at all levels of the sport (notably “A5” and NCAA D-I women’s volleyball programs) to enjoy successful and enjoyable coaching careers.
Applications and Nominations are due to AVCA Headquarters by Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5.00PM Eastern Time. The AVCA will contact all applicants and nominees by October 30th regarding the selection process for 2019. Selected recipients will receive instructions on how to register for the convention at that time.
The AVCA Diversity Awards Program is generously supported with proceeds from the AVCA Convention Silent Auction, quarterly online auctions, and private donations. Click here to make a $25.00 donation. If you have any questions about donations, the AVCA Diversity Awards program, the AVCA Diversity Development Team and its diversity initiatives, please contact AVCA Staff Liaison Kennedy Wells, by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 866-544-2822.