The DIG it! Volleyball Program

DIG it! helped me get through my depression.
DIG it! kept me focused on school and my grades.
DIG it! helped me face my fears.
DIG it! taught me leadership.

DID YOU KNOW? 

In 2015, only 29% of St. Louis public school students graduated. At DIG it! Volleyball Inc., we aspire to change that. 

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support the mission of DIG it! Volleyball and help us impact young women in St. Louis and beyond. you can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking the link below or by contacting us at DIG-IT@HPSTL.ORG

 Founded through High Performance STL's Select Volleyball Club, DIG it! Volleyball Inc, an acronym for "Developing the Inner Girl" is a 501(c)3 female empowerment program that provides free after school volleyball and character development training to at-risk girls in the St. Louis area.

 The mission of DIG it! Volleyball Inc. is to use the sport of volleyball and character development training to educate and inspire at-risk girls to lead healthy, confident lives.

Our program, which has impacted over 150 girls in the St. Louis area results in the increase in confidence, courage, health, and educational and personal development. 



"Developing the inner girl"

"DIG it! is a place for champions & individuals who are great role models!"

WHAT IS DIG IT VOLLEYBALL Inc.?

DIG It! Volleyball Inc. is a non profit female empowerment organization. Our slogan "Developing the Inner Girl" reflects the mission of our organization which is to use the sport of volleyball and character development training to educate and inspire at-risk girls to lead healthy, confident lives.

We were founded by High Performance Volleyball Club and work in partnership with public schools and the Boys & Girls Club to provide a free after school volleyball program for over 150 at-risk girls at 11 different St. Louis public schools. 

what does the Program entail?

Length: DIG it! Is a 10 week after school program that runs from late February through April

Sessions: The first 15-20min of each DIG it! Session consists of character development training where volunteers lead discussions on variety of topics such as goal setting, teamwork, confidence, managing emotions, attitude, body image, healthy habits, respect, anti-bullying, and paying it forward. After the character development session, participants are led through a volleyball practice where they improve their physical fitness and learn how to perform the basic skills of the sport of volleyball.

Games: Participants compete in games 1x/week through the Stratman Sports Developmental Volleyball League.

Tournament: The 10 week program concludes with a DIG it! Volleyball Tournament where all of the DIG it! Teams compete against one another and interact with other volleyball players and coaches in the community. This event also features an awards ceremony where players are honored for their leadership, work ethic, and improvement throughout the season.

Scholarship Program: Those players who stand out and show a high level of commitment are awarded a scholarship to join the HPSTL club volleyball team.

DIG it! Events: In addition to our 10 week volleyball program, DIG it! also hosts campus visits, volleyball camps, workshops, and career development events year round.

 

"DIG it! helped me cope with being different."

"DIG it! gave me something to do when I had nothing without them."

 

"DIG it! helped me play better, feel better, speak better, help others be better, and play volleyball."

"I have become a better person because of DIG it!"


Participants

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In 2017, over 150 young women at 11 St. Louis public schools participated in the DIG it! Volleyball Program.

The ideal candidate for the DIG it! Volleyball program is a 4th-8th grade girl from a low socioeconomic background that is currently enrolled in a public school or program and has never participated on an organized sports team.

Interested participants will fill out an application to participate in the DIG it! program, and once accepted will have an opportunity to join the team and officially be a part of the DIG it! Family.


Community Partners & Leadership

One of the great things about the DIG it! Volleyball Inc.  is that our organization is led by women who have experienced first hand the benefits of participating in the sport of volleyball and after school character development programs. 

DIG it! Volleyball Inc. is currently partnered with St. Louis public schools as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis.  Ferguson BGCSTL, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School BGCSTL Club, Granneman Elementary School BGCSTL Club, Herbert Hoover BGCSTL Club, Adam's Park BGCSTL Club, Lee-Hamilton Elementary BGCSTL, Highland Elementary BGCSTL, Lafayette Prep Academy, Patrick Henry, Miller Career Academy High School, and Compton-Drew Middle School all participated in our 2017 DIG it! Program. 

 Director of the DIG it! Volleyball Inc. Program, Caitlyn Vann.

Director of the DIG it! Volleyball Inc. Program, Caitlyn Vann.

In 2016, Caitlyn Vann, founder of C2 Volleyball and good friend of  DIG it! founder, David Bosch, transitioned as director of the DIG it! Program. Vann, a former Mizzou tiger, professional volleyball player and Division I coach is passionate about supporting teams, programs, and athletes in under served communities.  Vann, who has been coaching and mentoring young girls for over 9 years, stepped in as director of DIG it! as a way to fulfill her goal of enriching the lives of  young low-income females in the Saint Louis area.

 The 2015 Rosati-Kain women's volleyball team, who helped DIG it! Volleyball Inc. by coaching, refereeing, and mentoring teams & players throughout the season.

The 2015 Rosati-Kain women's volleyball team, who helped DIG it! Volleyball Inc. by coaching, refereeing, and mentoring teams & players throughout the season.


CURRENT GOALS & NEEDS

With the help of the community we can continue providing more opportunities for at-risk youth in the St. Louis area and beyond!

Current Needs:

  • 5 New Net Systems ($15,000)
  • 3 College Campus Visit Sponsorships ($6,000)
  • Full Program Apparel Sponsorship ($6,300-$7,000)
  • 3 Full Team Sponsorships ($5,200)
  • Stratman League Participation Sponsorship for DIG it! teams ($2,000)
  • League Transportation Sponsorship ($6,000)
  • 10 DIG it! Coaches
  •  DIG it! Tournament Guest Speaker

By 2020 we hope to sponsor 5 new teams and expand the DIG it! Program in a new city which is estimated to cost between $50,000-$60,000.

DIG it! is funded solely on grants and the generous donations made by individuals and companies. Funds raised go directly towards the needs of our DIG it! teams and players. With the help of the community we can continue to provide more opportunities for at-risk youth in the St. Louis area and beyond!

It costs around $57,200 to fully fund the DIG it! Volleyball Program in the St. Louis area.  A DIG it! Team of 10 players costs $5,700 which goes towards providing participants with 1 coach, 1 uniform, 1 pair of knee-pads, 10 volleyballs, 1 net system and the opportunity to participate in practices 1x/week as well as compete in 8 games.

 

 


GIVING LEVELS

Olympic Member: $10,000 and above

Benefits: Advertisement in newsletter, corporate or family name in DIG it! Video, corporate or family name on DIG it!  Website, corporate or family name on DIG it! uniforms, invitation to donor appreciation night, special introduction at DIG it! Volleyball Tournament, invitation to seasonal DIG it! Programs and events.

Professional Member: $5,701-$10,000

Benefits: Advertisement in newsletter, corporate or family name in DIG it! Video, corporate or family name on website, invitation to donor appreciation night, invitation to seasonal DIG it! Programs and events.

Collegiate Member: $1,401-$5,700

Benefits: Advertisement in newsletter, corporate or family name on DIG it! website, invitation to donor appreciation night, invitation to seasonal DIG it! Programs and events.

Varsity Member: $20-$1,400

Benefits: Invitation to donor appreciation night, invitation to seasonal DIG it! Programs and events.

 

All donors will receive regular DIG it! Volleyball updates and holiday cards.

100% of every donation goes directly to the DIG it! Volleyball Program.


DID YOU KNOW? 

Currently there are no other organizations in the nation that provide free volleyball instruction and character development for low-income girls in grades 3-9th. DIG it! Volleyball Inc. offers a solution to this problem by providing a free opportunity to participate in an organized sport for the population of young girls who have the least exposure to sports. 

WHY IS DIG IT! IMPORTANT?

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After school programs like DIG it! Volleyball Inc. can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.

  • A national evaluation found that over 40 percent of students attending 21st Century Community Learning Center programs improved their reading and math grades, and that those who attended more regularly were more likely to make gains (Naftzger et. al., 2007).
  • Effective after school programs can improve classroom behavior (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2010), school attendance, academic aspirations, and can reduce the likelihood that a student will drop out (Huang, Leon, La Torre, Mostafavi, 2008).
  • After school programs can play an important role in encouraging physical activity and good dietary habits. Participation in after school programs has been associated with positive health outcomes, including reduced obesity (Mahoney, J., Lord, H., & Carryl, 2005).

Testimonies

I CAN THINK OF ONE, IN PARTICULAR, THAT THE DIG IT! PROGRAM HAS HELPED TRANSFORM. THIS STUDENT COMES FROM A LOW-INCOME BACKGROUND AND STARTED THE YEAR WORKING WELL BELOW GRADE LEVEL. AT THIS POINT, GOING INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER, SHE HAS DOUBLED HER WORDS READ PER MINUTE, SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED HER READING COMPREHENSION, AND IS READING FOR PLEASURE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. IN FACT, IN THE THIRD QUARTER SHE READ FIVE TIMES MORE THAN HER GOAL! I KNOW THAT PARTICIPATING IN DIG IT! IS PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. HER SELF-CONFIDENCE HAS SOARED BECAUSE SHE HAS DISCOVERED A TALENT FOR VOLLEYBALL AND ATHLETICS IN GENERAL, DURING THE PRACTICES. SHE IS NOW SEEING THAT SHE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL, AND THAT PRACTICING IMPROVES BASIC SKILLS. THE CORRELATION BETWEEN VOLLEYBALL AND READING WAS CLEAR, AND MAY HAVE MADE A HUGE IMPACT ON HER FUTURE AS SHE CONTINUES TO GAIN MUCH NEEDED ACADEMIC GROWTH.
IT HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE THE DIG IT! PROGRAM HAS MADE IN THESE GIRLS LIVES. MANY OF THEM HAD BEHAVIORAL ISSUES AND COULD BARELY GET ALONG WITH ONE ANOTHER FOR MORE THAN 5 MINUTES. AFTER JUST 2 WEEKS IN THE PROGRAM YOU COULD SEE A HUGE CHANGE IN THE GIRLS. THEY ARE NO LONGER GETTING INTO FIGHTS OUTSIDE OF VOLLEYBALL, THEY ARE ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER ON AND OFF THE COURT, AND YOU CAN SEE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THEIR CONFIDENCE.
AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AND A DIG IT! VOLUNTEER I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW BENEFICIAL THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN FOR OUR STUDENTS. IT HAS HELPED MY STUDENTS BUILD SOCIAL SKILLS, ESPECIALLY THE ABILITY TO EMPATHIZE AND COOPERATE, IT HAS GROWN THEIR LEVELS OF SELF-CONFIDENCE WHICH HAS TRANSLATED INTO THE CLASSROOM AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, AND HAS ALSO INCREASED THEIR SELF-DISCIPLINE.

SPECIAL THANKS

DIG it! Volleyball would like to thank Randy Reiff, The Keeven Family, The Stahlman Family, The Taylor Family, The Becker Family, The Weatherspoon Family, The Vann Family, The Phillip Family, the Griffith Family, The Kish Family, The Kelly Family, The Modde Family, The Turner Family, H & C Partnership, Altrusa, and the rest of the community for their monetary contributions over the last 3 years.

We would also like to thank:

 St. Louis High School for hosting the DIG it! Volleyball Tournament

Rosati-Kain Girls Volleyball Team for helping with the DIG it! Volleyball Tournament

St. Louis High School Boys Volleyball Team for volunteering at the DIG it! Volleyball Tournament

Tony Stratman at Stratman Sports for sponsoring our Stratman League Entry Fee

2016 HPSTL 15 Orange Girls Team for volunteering at the DIG it! Volleyball Tournament

Emily Hood for creating the DIG it! Volleyball Video

Gail Venable and Camille Moore for taking photos throughout the season

All of our coaches and volunteers


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