I had a great time on August 20th as my wife, Lorraine, and I had a special evening of dinner and a movie in our home with the members, coaches and administrators of the 2007-08 Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team from Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) here in Sarasota, Florida.
The dinner was the result of the players’ parents’ generosity by being the high bidder on the “Dinner and a Movie with Dick Vitale” at the school’s 2006 Extravaganza fundraiser event which raised over $430,000 for the school. The girls were a lot of fun and seemed very excited about having a great season this year. After the team enjoyed the great food prepared by Gordon Lippe of Gordon’s Gourmet, I invited them up to our movie theatre and shared with them some of my insights on what it takes to be successful both on and off the court.
I always cherish the opportunity to connect with young student-athletes and share some of what I believe are the secrets to succeeding in the game of life. They were a great audience and a great group of young ladies. I wish them much success in their season this year. After I spoke, we watched an incredibly inspiring movie in our home theatre. It was the great sports movie “MIRACLE” that tells the triumphant ride of the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic Hockey team. I felt that the night was a great way to launch the team into the season with a great attitude and great spirit and I thank their parents, coaches and administrators for making it all possible.
2007-08 The Out-of-Door Academy Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team
Paige Reeves - Senior
Liza Kane-Hartnett - Senior/Captain
Olivia Bowers - Senior/Captain
Kim Goldberg - Senior
Erika Ramos - Senior
Christine LaFrance - Junior
Colleen McGrath - Sophmore
Jonna Marchese - Sophmore
Hillary Hawkins - Sophmore
Alana Rogers - Sophmore
Head Coach - Jeff Horr
Assistant Coach - Mike Young
To view photos from this night, click here.