Board Meeting Update from 1/27/2021

January 29, 2021

Hello Everyone!

Our Yankee Board held a meeting the week of 1/24/21 and we wanted to give you all an update on the status of adult tournaments in New England. Because of several factors (interstate travel restrictions, tournament restrictions, slow vaccine rollout, lack of facility availability, anticipated low membership numbers, and others), we currently do not plan on having any tournaments run during the 2021 Spring Season and will cancel our yearly picnic. This was a tough decision for us, but we believe it is the best course of action for our organization from both a financial perspective and for public health and safety. We are hoping to be able to start fresh in the fall. Because of COVID (and lack of eligible voting membership), we are also going to postpone our Board Elections that were scheduled for this year to the Spring of 2022 when we hope to be back hosting plenty of tournaments for you again.

As of right now, USAV is still planning on hosting Nationals. If teams from our region are looking to enter play in Louisville, you will need to renew your membership to be able to participate. We will have more information available when it gets closer to those dates if the event is not cancelled.

Finally, if you haven’t seen the newest program that NERVA has put together, then please read on! The Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) was launched this year, chaired by Charlotte Parish & John Gigliotti. DIG aims to create more diversity and inclusion in the sport of volleyball by supporting Black and Latinx club players who are currently Unseen, Underrepresented, or Marginalized. DIG’s first initiative is to create player scholarships for Black and Latinx youth players in NERVA, and they already have their two first recipients! Their goal is to raise $40,000 to support 20 players in the 2021-2022 season. Perhaps if you can, donate a portion of what would have been your annual $55 membership fee to help support this amazing program. Learn More:

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Amy Grigg
Board of Directors