Serving up change by helping kids from diverse backgrounds and communities get exposed to volleyball.

Provide awareness, resources, and access for minorities and people living in underserved communities to learn more about and play volleyball

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Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • Yes

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

I'm working on creating social media handles for this cause.

Date Started


Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

I have played volleyball for several years. I have almost always been the only African American on my team. It is unusual to see lot's of African American and Hispanic volleyball players. I want to change that. I also want kids from places with limited resources get exposed to volleyball.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Volleyball is a sport with a low number of African American and Hispanic players. Diversity is important and matters. I want to help educate more African Americans and Hispanics about volleyball. I also want to help kids that cannot afford to play volleyball.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

I plan to use social media, create a website, and connect with volleyball facilities to offer help with getting more minority volleyball players.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When someone gets involved with my project they will help a kid from an underserved community have access to play volleyball. I plan to help educate others that volleyball is a sport for all different types of people. Everyone thinks that you have to be really tall and look a certain way to play volleyball which is not true.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

I wasn't able to find any programs that are focused on helping minorities and kids in underserved communities learn about volleyball.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

I'm always talking to my family and friends about playing volleyball. Having someone else playing on the same team that you can relate to makes a big difference. Just as Venus and Serena helped the tennis world, I plan to do the same thing with volleyball.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Right now, I'm just getting started.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

I will need a website and assistance with marketing. I want to help educate others about the sport. I will also need funding to provide scholarships to kids that need assistance in order to play volleyball. It would be cool to have sponsors to help kids that cannot afford volleyball shoes or uniforms.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

I would love to partner with other people to spread the word about the game of volleyball. Teaming up with someone else that wants to make a difference would be good. I would also like to partner with volleyball clubs to help them get more diverse players.

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • T-Mobile page or contact


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Hey There Fellow Changemaker,

Congrats on moving to the next phase. I wishing you the best of luck ! & I am sending love and light to all the positive things that you do.

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