The United States Embassy in Zambia recently conducted volleyball training clinics in four districts across the country, namely Kitwe, Ndola, Monze and Lusaka.
Florida Southern volleyball coach Jill Stephens and former U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team member Butch May were in the country for five days to help conduct the clinics.
Their mission was to help improve the playing skills of Zambian youth interested in the sport. During each clinic the U.S. Embassy also did an educational session on Gender-Based Violence. Five 13-to-16 year old students and one teacher/coach from 20 different basic (public) schools were invited to each of the five clinics. Stephens and May worked with approximately 500 students and 100 teacher/coaches during the five days in Zambia. The American Embassy has also given the Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) K 25 million ($5,500) to help with running of ZAVA programs.
"This was a life-changing experience for me," said Stephens. "First, the opportunity to work with a volleyball great like Butch May was an incredible blessing! He is a wonderful mentor and coach who has a heart the size of Africa! It was also a huge honor for me to work on behalf of the American people and USA Volleyball, as we taught, encouraged and loved on these young people. The Zambian children were beautiful and so excited about the opportunity to learn about the sport of volleyball."
To see more photos of coach Stephens' experience, visit the Department of the State Website.