Okinawa's Shisa Volleyball Club making global impact in Thailand

by Michelle Barone
Shisa Volleyball Club
Shisa Volleyball Club (Okinawa) athletes are making a global impact as ambassadors of the United States!!  In August, eleven athletes (nine from Kubasaki HS, one from Kadena HS and one from Lester MS) spent ten days in Bangkok, Thailand on a combined volleyball and outreach trip.
 
Not just building athletes but building strong women who are socially aware and making a difference internationally. Shisa Volleyball Club head coach, Michael Hogen (teacher and volleyball coach at Kubasaki High School), has spearheaded volleyball outreach programs for the last nine years.  (1 Miyako Japan, 2 Guam, 4 Philippines, 2 Thailand).
 
Quotes – 
Tella Barone, senior Kubasaki High School: 
“Being able to interact with the disabled children and seeing where our donations actually end up was very eye-opening. It was also super cool to be a part of a cultural exchange with multiple Thai volleyball teams.”
 
Mission - As high school students and athletes we hope to make a global impact by bringing donations to the most impoverished orphanages and homes for handicapped children and young adults in Bangkok Thailand.  In addition, we strive to be outstanding ambassadors of the United States by playing volleyball, teaching English and volunteering with local charitable organizations.
 
Jaila Simms, senior Kadena High School:
“Being able to put a smile on these kids faces made me really appreciate my life.  I hope to do more experiences like this in the future and help build communities like this one.  The kids were very bright and social and made the whole experience more fun and eye-opening for me.”
 
 
Shisa Volleyball Club presenting donations to handicapped children at the Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities.

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