West Michigan Beach Volleyball to offer scholarship fund

Tribune Staff • May 18, 2018 at 12:36 AM

Local volleyball enthusiasts and Grand Haven residents Pete Goers and Stevo Vanderwerp have been beach volleyball teammates for 10 years. Their shared passion for the sport has sparked the creation of West Michigan Volleyball, which will be entering its fifth year putting on a beach volleyball clinic and third summer of hosting beach volleyball tournaments along the Lakeshore.

The clinic has grown each year, starting in Vanderwerp's backyard with about 20 kids to more than 40 participants last year, necessitating a move to the Grand Haven State Park.

In addition to the clinic, WMBVB is hosting three tournaments, with spots for every age and ability level, including high school divisions.

"Beach volleyball has allowed me to make lasting friendships with people from all over the country, and now that beach volleyball is a scholarship sport, there's even more incentive for kids to give it a try," said Goers.

With the growing interest in beach volleyball across the country, Goers and Vanderwerp decided to add their own incentive to the up-and-coming beach volleyball community.

In addition to the clinic and tournaments, WMBV will be supporting the local volleyball scene by donating a portion of juniors division tournament entry fees to high school programs, and by offering scholarships to local athletes. Scholarships will be awarded based on the evaluation of written applications. This year, WMBV plans to give away four $500 scholarships and hopes to be donating another $500 or more to high school programs.

Additional information can be found on their website wmbeachvolleyball.com

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