In its first attempt in EMU volleyball history, the Eagles believe an overseas tour would compliment their student athlete experience and the pursuit of excellence in athletics and serving the community. The team has put a wish list together of experiences they have dreamt about all their lives.
"You hear about all the programs that get the opportunity to play and tour other countries, said Smith." We are excited at the opportunity to do the same." Jordan Smith has competed in international play with the USA HP experience, but it was international teams coming to the US to compete against her team in Orlando. It is her dream to get to go to Italy to compete, as well as experience all the history of the Roman empire.
Red shirt junior and captain, Cassie Haut, also aspires to tour Europe. "I have always dreamed about traveling around the world and getting the opportunity to tour with my best friends would be the best way to do it! I have always wanted to travel to Italy and learn about the culture as we eat spaghetti and tiramasu, while visiting the Colosseum and the Leaning tower of Pisa."
The NCAA legislation allows an opportunity for college programs to programs to travel abroad and participate in foreign tours once every four year. These trips involve playing international competition, touring many different cities, learning from different cultures as well as giving back through various community service efforts. International tours can be tailored to each group, depending on duration, location and how many matches can be played. Indoor and sand volleyball tours are available from South and Central American to Europe and even China.
Coach Olson aspires to take her gang on a 10-14 day foreign trip in the summer of 2018. "At this point," Coach Olson said, "The team is putting the puzzle pieces together and dreaming up a trip that would fit the aspirations of all team members. The program wants everyone to benefit from even the very first step of dreaming up a location to the reality of funding this dream." Fundraising an international trip has never been successfully accomplished in this program. At this point, we have to find generous people that are excited about the opportunity to send our young ladies out into the world for new experiences, in hopes that they return transformed to be the hope of our future generation. This is just one of the stepping stones the team is ready to accomplish in pursuit of future MAC Championships, as well as champions in the classroom and community.